U.S. To Host Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 19, 2012

On November 27-30, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez and Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, Chair of the Kimberley Process, will host the annual Kimberley Process Plenary. The Plenary will take place at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. The attendees will discuss a range of topics related to the mining and trading of rough diamonds.

The United States holds the Kimberley Process Chairmanship in 2012. The Kimberley Process is a joint government, industry, and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments.

Assistant Secretary Fernandez; Ambassador Milovanovic; the Honorable Susan Shabangu, Minister for Mineral Resources of the Republic of South Africa; Mr. Eli Izakoff, chairman of the World Diamond Council; and a representative of the Civil Society Coalition will deliver opening remarks on Tuesday, November 27 in the Loy Henderson Auditorium room from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A press conference at the conclusion of the meeting will take place on Friday, November 30 in room 1107 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Both events are open to credentialed members of the media. MORE

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