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World Diamond Body Rejects Report Trafficking Is Fueling War

  • WDC chief rejects Amnesty's Central African Republic report
  • Amnesty says Kimberley Process fails to address human rights

A program involving more than 80 countries to stem the flow of diamonds trafficked by armed movements is succeeding in stopping the revenue from sales of the gems being used to stoke violence, World Diamond Council President Edward Asscher said.

The 12-year-old Kimberley Process has taken “more than 99 percent” of so-called conflict diamonds off the market, Asscher said in an interview from Vienna on Monday. He rejected a report by London-based Amnesty International last month that said diamond trafficking was helping to fuel violence in the Central African Republic.