CAR, UAE Facing Opposition from Civil Society at KP Intersessional

26/06/2015 09:19

The Central African Republic (CAR) says it will engage the African Union chair President Robert Mugabe to seek solutions following strong objections to its Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) registration bid by civil society at the ongoing intercessional meeting in Luanda, Angola. Civil society says that diamond revenue can be used to finance civil conflict in CAR. Kazungui maintains that civil society is pushing a western agenda and wants to avoid greater African participation in formulating decisions that inform diamond trade. Civil society has also expressed objections to the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) bid to assume vice chairmanship of the KPCS and has thrown its weight behind Australia. The final communiqué and position will be communicated Friday (26 June) and both CAR and UAE will know of their fates then.