obertmpofu.jpgThe Zimbabwean delegation to the on-going Kimbery Process conference in Tel Aviv, Israel says the country will abide by the recommendations made by the KP monitor to Marange diamonds Mr. Abbey Chikane regarding the immediate export of the country’s gemstones.

 

The delegation to the three day meeting which ends on Wednesday, has made it clear that Zimbabwe will not tolerate any attempt to politicise the Chiadzwa diamonds and will stick to recommendations by Mr. Chikane towards the disposal of the country’s stockpiled diamonds. 

In a telephone interview with ZBC News, head of the team and Zimbabwe’s Mines and Mining Development Minister Cde. Obert Mpofu said the delegates to the meeting should accept as credible the assessment report on Zimbabwe diamonds by KP appointed monitor Mr. Chikane.

“The Chikane report should be accepted… this means immediate export of our diamond without any conditions.

“What we want is export, certification and nothing else and if they continue like that, we have no option but to do what is best for Zimbabwe,” Mpofu said.

Minister Mpofu also condemned the Civil Society for trying to divert the attention of the Kimberly Process meeting.

“What is queer about the Civil Society is that they are not talking about the compliance of Zimbabwe to the KP but they talk about political issues and this has nothing to do with the KP meeting,” said Mpofu.

Mpofu’s remarks follow a statement made by KP chair, Mr. Boaz Hirsch, who alluded to the arrest of researcher, Farai Maguwu as a threat to a consensus on the export of Chiadzwa diamonds.

Mr. Eli Izhakoff, the World Diamond Council President had also raised the issue of alleged human rights abuse in Zimbabwe.

With the meeting having entered day 2 today, over 200 delegates attending the conference are set to deliberate on the implementation of the Joint Work Plan agreed to between Zimbabwe and KP.

 

KP monitor, Mr. Abbey Chikane is also expected to clarify on progress made by the country in complying with the set standards in diamond mining before a resolution on the country’s diamonds is reached.

Meanwhile Zimbabwe has already made its position to go ahead and auction the stockpiled gems if the Kimberley Process fails to certify and continue to politicise the Chiadzwa diamond despite the country having complied with the agreed standards. .