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At the 2007 Kimberley Process Plenary, the industry committed funds and resources to address challenges faced by countries with a high prevalence of artisanal alluvial mining.

Diamond Facts -- Fact 23It was agreed during the November, 2006 Plenary that the Kimberley Process would continue to cooperate and liaise with the United Nations and other organizations and initiatives, such as Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the Diamond Development Initiative and international and local NGOs to address the governance, regulatory, social and development issues facing countries with artisanal diamond mining and develop closer partnerships with the communities affected and civil society at the local level. Angola was selected to lead the new Working Group on Artisanal Alluvial Production which will address issues of particular concern to alluvial/artisanal producers.

At the 2007 Plenary, the Working Group of Artisanal Alluvial Producers (WGAAP) identified challenges facing artisanal/alluvial producing countries which can be used to help improve their internal controls. To progress the activity of the Working Group the Plenary endorsed a number of proposals for the WGAAP.

Mr Karel Kovanda , Chair of the Kimberley Process said, "With the Brussels Initiative on Diamonds in Cote D'Ivoire, we believe there is a real possibility for the Kimberley Process to support a truly regional approach to diamonds in South Africa."

Mr Eli Izhakoff, Chair of the World Diamond Council said, "We in the diamond industry have said again and again 'even one conflict diamond is one too many' and the postion of the international industry is that of zero tolerance."

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