June 20, 2001
National Press Club to Discuss Conflict Diamonds
The National Press Club will hold a panel discussion to examine the issue of conflict diamonds at 9 a.m. this Friday. Questions to be discussed include whether it's possible to establish an international certification system that will put an end to the trade in conflict diamonds, how the international diamond market would be impacted by legislation calling for the system, what controls the industry has in place to separate diamonds that are sold legitimately from those that aren't, and the human cost in diamond-mining countries such as Sierra Leone, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- by Julia M. Duncan