Vigilance advised to those trading diamonds until consensus is reached
The Responsible Jewellery Council has issued a notice from the KP Chair regarding the recent developments around Marange diamonds.
The RJC advises its Members to be vigilant about trading diamonds that do not carry the full authority of the Kimberley Process. The RJC points out to its Members that until consensus is reached, the attached guidance from the KP Chairman stresses trade in Marange diamonds can only take place in compliance with the Kimberley Process’ Joint Work Plan agreed to in June 2010.
The KP chair issued this statement:
“As is known to all Kimberley Process (KP) Participants, and as is stated in the Draft Communiqué, circulated to all participants on November 12th, 2010, the Plenary did not come to an agreement regarding KPCS arrangement for diamonds from the Marange area (Zimbabwe). Consultations are ongoing and I am confident that we will find a consensual way forward which recognises the progress made by Zimbabwe in terms of compliance with KP requirements, whilst offering sufficient reassurance that there would continue to be progress in all areas under the Joint Work Plan, so that we can eventually bring the whole of Marange – and indeed Zimbabwe as a Participant – into
full KP compliance. Meanwhile, it is of utmost importance that all Participants remain vigilant and ensure that the terms of the Joint Work Plan and Saint Petersburg agreement are respected these consultations are ongoing. As a consequence, no trade of Marange diamonds can currently take place under the Joint Work Plan until an agreement can be found. Participants are therefore reminded of the need for vigilance and ask Participant to notify the WGM chair in the event of receipt of an irregular shipment of Marange diamonds, until new arrangements are agreed that will allow continued implementation of the Joint Work Plan, including the supervised export mechanism. I very much count on your support and will keep you informed of developments.”
A discussion paper containing a draft Chain-of-Custody Standard is currently open for public comment until 31 January, 2011.
For more information about the RJC Chain-of-Custody certification initiative, see the Responsible Jewellery website.