SOME DIAMOND PRODUCING COUNTRIES ARE NOT KIMBERLEY PROCESS COMPLIANT.
As of November 2007, there were 74 members of the Kimberley Process. The Kimberley Process has the ability to sanction countries that fail to meet the standards required, and governments themselves may request the suspension of the Kimberley provisions in their countries to help ensure social stability. Currently, there is one diamond producing country — Ivory Coast — that is under a UN Security Council Resolution to prohibit the extraction and trade of diamonds.
At the 2007 Kimberley Process Plenary, held in Brussels, Belgium, the KP launched an initiative addressing the issue of rough diamonds from the Ivory Coast. This initiative, entitled The Brussels Initiative, will build on past actions by the Kimberley Process and the United Nations to prevent trade in conflict diamonds and promote peace and security in the region. (Read more about the Ivory Coast)
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