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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his UN counterparts on the decision to lift the embargo on the sale of diamonds originating from Zimbabwe; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision on the sanctions regime that has been placed on Zimbabwe.
The EU, which represents Britain in the Kimberley Process (KP), had discussions with all 50 KP participants ahead of the KP Plenary meeting in Kinshasa in November. I have discussed diamond exports from the Marange region of Zimbabwe with the Governments of South Africa, the United States of America and Belgium.
The Kinshasa agreement does not impact on the EU Restricted Measures, which are up for their annual review by the 27 EU member states in February 2012.