Israel-led war on blood diamonds backed by UN

Monday, December 20, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

The UN General Assembly last week unanimously passed an Israel-authored resolution to strengthen efforts to curb the export and trade of so-called “blood diamonds,” which are illicitly mined and traded rough diamonds used to financially fuel dozens of brutal conflict across Africa.

More than 60 other nations co-sponsored the resolution with Israel. It demands that member nations more actively and accurately report on the origins of diamonds being exported and traded. It also calls for harsher Security Council measures against those engaging in blood diamond trafficking.

Blood diamonds are used by governments and rebel groups in a number of African nations to purchase weapons on the black market. Those weapons are used to arm militias that are often made up of children, who are then trained to brutally suppress their enemies.

As a world leader in the diamond industry, Israel has for years been heading the Kimberley Process, a regulatory group tasked with preventing the illicit diamond trade.

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