Russia question lingers as KP debates Kasane agenda

On and on: Analysts believe Russia’s war in Ukraine may last through the year PIC: MARCA
On and on: Analysts believe Russia’s war in Ukraine may last through the year PIC: MARCA

The question of whether the upcoming Kasane meeting of global diamond producers, lobby groups, and NGOs will expand the definition of conflict diamonds to include acts of aggression by Russia in Ukraine will be decided in the next four weeks. Mmegi Staff Writer MBONGENI MGUNI explains

The global diamond industry meets in Kasane on June 20, a keenly awaited event as the world’s biggest producer of precious stones, Russia, continues its military invasion of Ukraine.

The Kimberley Process (KP), consisting of 85 countries, diamond producers, observer groups, and civic organisations, faces a moment of truth in its nearly two-decade history of being the world’s premier watchdog for conflict diamonds.

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Khama should desist from dirty campaigns

However, as a newspaper, we want to raise few disquiets for the umpteenth time with Khama, of course, and remind him that the country that he is robustly de-campaigning is now feeling the pain of his harm. Batswana need Khama to use his conservationist credentials to good use and benefit a country that is working so hard to achieve the high-income status by diversifying its economy away from diamond reliance.Khama has played his part unobstructed...

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