|Diamond sale conditions off|
|Friday, 24 June 2011 01:00|
By Zvamaida Murwira
Other diamond firms at Chiadzwa, however, would have to sell their gems with the supervision of KP monitors.
The development is a kick in the face for the United States and other Western countries that sought to have the sale of Zimbabwe's diamonds banned on the pretext that they were "bloody" diamonds.
"Exports may take place from other mining operations in the Marange diamond fields following KP monitoring verification of compliance."
Firms mining at Chiadzwa include Anjin Investments, Sino-Zimbabwe diamonds and DMC.
"The KP Monitoring team will verify compliance of exports from other such producing mines excluding Marange and Mbada but including full access to and verification of post-shipment mine level data on an ongoing basis," he said.
The ongoing verification would continue until the end of this year's plenary, said Minister Mpofu.
"In case of lack of agreement between the members and the KP Monitoring team, the chair of KP will resolve the matter," said Minister Mpofu.
During the meeting, Minister Mpofu accused the US of trying to use the KPCS, to settle its political differences with Harare.
Zimbabwe had vowed to sell its gems with or without KP certification arguing that it had fully complied with the minimum requirements much more than other countries.