CIBJO Affirms Kimberley Process, Tanzanite Protocol

March 28, 2002

CIBJO Affirms Kimberley Process, Tanzanite Protocol

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, passed two resolutions at its March 21-26 Munich Congress to support the Kimberley Process and similar trade controls on tanzanite.

The Kimberley resolution strongly urges members of CIBJO, who represent national trade organizations from 35 countries, to communicate to their national governments and the European Union the need for swift and successful conclusion of the Kimberley Process. Such lobbying will be critical to bringing all diamond import and export nations into Kimberley's rough diamond secure trading network before its official launch in November 2002.

The CIBJO resolution also urges international associations to communicate with their members to facilitate compliance with Kimberley's voluntary worldwide system of warranties, which will track diamonds down to the retail level, after they are vetted conflict-free by the rough diamond secure trading network. Both the secure trading network and the system of warranties are meant to prevent diamonds sold to fuel conflict from making their way into the legitimate diamond trade. The resolution noted the U.S. Department of State and the United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth Office have said media allegations linking diamonds with terrorist groups are unsupported by any tangible evidence.

CIBJO delegates also ratified a resolution to support the Tucson Tanzanite Protocol, which is establishing a system of government-run controls on tanzanite in Tanzania, plus a voluntary international system of warranties on the trade in tanzanite. The resolution urges CIBJO organizations to ask its members to adopt the new trade practices where appropriate and publicize the positive steps taken by the international trade to protect tanzanite from exploitation by terrorist movements. The resolution noted the U.S. Department of State said there is no link between tanzanite and terrorists.

by Peggy Jo Donahue

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