obert mpofu 01-11-10.jpgThe Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Cde Obert Mpofu says 95% of diamond stakeholders attending the World Diamond Council meeting in Dubai are fully behind the decision by the KP chair to certify the country’s diamonds, rejecting efforts by western countries to reverse the decision.

The position paper, which was sneaked by the European Union dubbed elements for KPCS implementation in Marange, sought to reverse decisions made by the KPCS chair of certifying the country’s diamonds.

In a telephone interview, Cde Mpofu said the EU monitoring group attempted to put across their views, which were heavily criticised by African countries and other countries such as Russia, China and Brazil.

“The EU monitoring group attempted to sneak in a document for discussion on Marange diamonds but the document was rejected by stakeholders attending the World Diamond Council. These are countries which have been trying to block the trading of the country’s diamonds,” Cde Mpofu said.

Cde Mpofu also said that the country received an overwhelming support from various countries as well as the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), which is expected to throw its weight behind Zimbabwe’s diamond industry.