Angola: Conflict diamonds ban fades as the magic bullet for Africa's civil wars

Author: SouthScan, Published on: 16 October 2001

Scepticism about the campaign to end the trade in 'conflict diamonds' appears to have been borne out by the latest UN report. This says that more than $1 million worth of diamonds are still being smuggled out of Angola every day and that the Unita rebel movement take at least a quarter of the illegal trade to fund its war effort.

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