The World Diamond Council (WDC) has issued a press release following the Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary Meeting held in Luanda, Angola last week, reasserting the importance of the tripartite foundation of the KP and reiterating that no conflict diamonds should, under any circumstances, enter the legitimate diamond trade. During his opening speech, WDC President Edward Asscher called on Amnesty International to return to the KP and participate in its important tasks, such as the possible resumption of rough diamond trading from the Central African Republic (CAR). The country has been suspended from the KP since 2013. This statement is in response to Amnesty's report on diamond trafficking from the CAR, which AI's legal adviser Lucy Graham called “a damning indictment of the Kimberley Process.”
The press release further states that the WDC remains committed to working with all members of the tripartite foundation of the KP to support the credibility of the KP. "The work of the KP is IMPORTANT – important to the producing countries and the millions of lives impacted by the industry, important to the trading centres, and ultimately, important to the consumer who will ultimately own a precious diamond" stated Mr. Asscher.