Tiffany resumes buying gems mined in Burma
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Author: Linda Buckley, Vice President, Media Relations, Tiffany & Co
“As noted in the Professional Jeweler article of Feb. 16, 2005, that is reproduced on your Web site, Tiffany & Co. is following the guidance provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. When the U.S. Congress enacted the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, Tiffany ceased purchase of all rubies, spinel and jadeite. We were among very few companies to do so. We asked Customs for clarification and are now abiding by its ruling.”
Author: Leber Jeweler
Because of the military’s increasing control of the gem assets of this nation [Burma], we have ceased purchasing any gems of Burmese origin. But simply boycotting a nation is never a final answer.
Author: Peggy Joe Donahue, Professional Jeweler
Tiffany & Co. has notified its suppliers it will once again purchase ruby, spinel and jadeite mined in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) as long as the suppliers warrant the gems are cut and polished elsewhere, as most are. [also refers to Mason-Kay, Leber Jeweler]
Ivanhoe Mines, a Canadian-based company whose operations in Burma have recently come under renewed scrutiny following the release of a report by a mining watchdog group, has come out in defense of its Burmese business partners, the ruling SPDC...by claiming that military rule was probably the only workable form of government in the country.
Ivanhoe Mines Condemns Blatant Falsehoods, Bias And Misrepresentations In Activists' Mining Documents
Author: Daniel Kunz, President of Ivanhoe Mines
Canadian Friends of Burma and MiningWatch Canada distributed a document on Monday, September 18, 2000, which purports to be a report on mining in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma... References to Ivanhoe Mines and its Myanmar copper project within the three documents contain blatant falsehoods. The documents are contradictory, bizarre and defamatory. They cite alleged events which, in truth, never happened. They have the wrong companies in the wrong places in the wrong deals... Addressing Ivanhoe's 50%-owned Monywa Copper Project...[one] document claims evidence of serious human rights violations, serious groundwater pollution and deplorable safety standards at Monywa. This is a double falsehood on all three counts. No such failures have occurred at, or been caused by, the Ivanhoe project... As a principal sponsor of the report, Canadian Friends of Burma rejected offers by Ivanhoe Mines and Ivanhoe Capital to assist with fact checking on the contents of the report, prior to its release... To our knowledge, no attempt was ever made by the author, Roger Moody, by Canadian Friends of Burma or by MiningWatch Canada to check the many false references in the report. [also refers to Mining Enterprise No. 1]