Gaborone meeting unlikely to blacklist Russian diamonds

Flagbearer: Botswana has built a solid reputation as a leader in the production of clean diamonds used for sustainable development PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Flagbearer: Botswana has built a solid reputation as a leader in the production of clean diamonds used for sustainable development PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Analysts expect that the June meeting of the global diamond industry scheduled for Gaborone will not result in a broad sanctioning of the precious stones produced in Russia. Still, that has not stopped the United States from pushing harder, writes Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI

When the world’s diamond producers, their biggest customers, civil society groups monitoring the industry and others, meet in Gaborone in June to discuss issues affecting the image of the precious stones, Russia will be the proverbial elephant in the room.

The world’s biggest producer of rough diamonds by volume is due to enter the third month of its invasion of Ukraine next week, with recent mounting claims of civilian casualties and atrocities, including the discovery of mass graves.

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