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>AFRICA: De Beers guarantee "rebel free" diamonds
>The South African diamond giant, De Beers said this week that its raw stones
>are to carry a guarantee that they are not being used to fund rebel groups
>fighting in Africa. De Beers said in a statement that its invoices would
>certify that none of its diamonds had been bought in breach of a resolution
>outlawing the purchase of diamonds from rebel fighters.
>In the statement the company said that the guarantee would be introduced
>from 27 March. It would state: "The intake of diamonds being purchased by De
>Beers and its associated companies and being sold into the market through
>the sight system does not include any diamonds which come from any area in
>Africa controlled by forces rebelling against the legitimate and
>internationally recognised government of the relevant country."
>The move has been described as a "very welcome" development by the
>London-based NGO, Global Witness.
>Johannesburg, 3 March 14:00 GMT