National Press Club to Discuss Conflict Diamonds

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.

Scheduled as panelists are U.S. Rep Tony Hall (D-OH), cosponsor of the Clean Diamonds Act; Steve Cull, managing editor of the Washington Post, who covered the story in Sierra Leone; Matthew Runci, president of Jewelers of America; Minister Alfred Majaye Dube of Botswana; and Claudius Davies, director of communications of World Vision in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The discussion will be moderated by Marvin Kalb of Harvard University's Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

The National Press Club discussion will be broadcast live on the Internet. For more information, visit

- by Julia M. Duncan