Magazine article The Spectator

The Diamond Conflict

Magazine article The Spectator

The Diamond Conflict

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From Eli Izhakoff Sir: Clemency Burton-Hill is quite right to condemn the illegal trade in conflict diamonds ('Blood Diamond should help Sierra Leone', 27 January). We share her sentiment that a single conflict diamond is one too many. However, a number of inaccuracies in the article do merit correction.

At no stage has the legitimate diamond industry sought to convince consumers that the world has 'seen the end of the trade in illicit diamonds'. The World Diamond Council was formed seven years ago to address the issue of conflict diamonds. While 99.8 per cent of diamonds now come from conflict-free sources (this is not an industry figure but a statistic from a Canadian government report as chair of the Kimberley Process), there are still some who seek to profit from this illegal trade. …

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