No Consensus, No Clarity on Zimbabwe ExportsJune 24, 11
(IDEX Online News) – The Kimberley Process failed once again to reach a decision about the exports of rough diamonds from
World Diamond Council (WDC) President Eli Izhakoff told IDEX Online an agreement was not reached because the clock ran out. "The
Participants at the
KP Chair Mathieu Yamba was also criticized for his failure to bring the sides together.
"Hopefully reason will prevail and the Chair will seek the opinion of the stakeholders to make adjustments to his decision," Izhakoff said diplomatically.
The differing statements led to conflicting reports in the world press about the outcome of the meetings. As it stands,
Yamba was under fire after making an administrative decision to allow the exports without the agreement of the KP members.
NGOs Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) walked out of the meeting in protest at KP's failure to address human rights.
Despite statements by the
"Politics on all sides should be kept to a minimum," Izhakoff said in this context.