obert mpofu 01-11-10.jpgGovernment has expressed optimism ahead of the Kimberly Process Plenary scheduled for Kinshasa, DRC, that the European Union and the civil society within the KP will realise the importance of unity and close cooperation in ensuring the continued existence of the global diamond watchdog body.

With less than a week before participants in the global diamond watchdog body converge in DRC for the 2011 KP Plenary, the Zimbabwean government is optimistic of fruitful deliberations and the conclusion of the issues around the export of Marange diamonds.

Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Obert Mpofu emphasised the importance of common understanding in dealing with issues affecting the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme so as to avoid the collapse of the organisation.

The existence of the global diamond watchdog body was being threatened by the divisions which were being created by some civil society groups, which want to keep Marange diamonds out of the international market.

Political analyst, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa, who expressed disappointment at the decision by the Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) to boycott the forthcoming meeting, said it is clear that the civil society is being sponsored by Canada to block the export of Marange diamonds and cause confusion within the KP.

Zimbabwe’s Marange diamonds have been topical during the past three KP Plenaries. 

Efforts to oust the country from the organisation during the 2009 Plenary in Namibia were overwhelmingly dismissed.

To date, Zimbabwe has made significant progress in complying with the KP minimum requirements in diamond mining.

There is optimism that the forthcoming meeting will put an end to the dispute around the country’s gemstones.