Dear Participants and Observers,
best thing about this Plenary has been the warm welcome by our host India, for
which we extend our gratitude.
further wish to thank the chairs of the Working Groups, the Ad hoc Committee on
Review and Reform, its Sub-teams and all honest brokers in the KP for their – at
times – tremendous efforts to find solutions to the many problems the KP is
the age-old wisdom that this beautiful host country is reputed for, has been far
from enlightening this Plenary. The so-called KP family has proved to be
dysfunctional. After three (3) years of excruciating negotiations on
reform, the KP has said this week: We
agree that we don’t agree on anything substantial. The Civil Society Coalition
is sure that many among you will not even agree to that.
umpteenth attempt at broadening the scope of the KP to capture contemporary
conflict challenges failed to produce any result. The KP has decided to remain
a process that merely serves to protect state interests against rebels seeking
to overthrow them.
many of you will return to your capitals in triumph, victory and celebration for
having obstructed widening the KP remit, we will return to our communities who
suffer from torture, sexual abuse and killings at the hands of private and
public security forces, and armed groups not fighting governments. We will tell
them: We’re sorry but the KP doesn’t care.
The KP actually prefers to send a message to consumers that they might be better
off ethically when they buy synthetic diamonds.
Scope, tremendous energy and time has been spent on attempts at creating a
Permanent Secretariat and Multi-Donor Fund. These efforts were aimed at filling
key shortcomings regarding professionalism, technical capacities and civil
society participation in the KP. The CSC deplores that discussions on both
structures have been kicked into the long grass due to lack of commitment to
make this work.
is regrettable that the biggest achievement of this 3-year reform exercise are some
modest improvements to the Peer Review AD, whose implementation in light of the
KP’s inertia remains to be seen. Not only has this area of reform again
needlessly consumed a massive amount of time and energy, it has also forced the
coalition to engage in inane discussions on the core foundations of the KP.
Discussions in which the equal standing of Civil Society with Industry and Governments
were put into question.
so much attention focused on what in the eyes of some participants proved to be
little more than a frivolous exercise of mutual obstruction, the only
substantive step forward during this Plenary has been the adoption of a revised
system for monitoring legal exports from the CAR. We commend the CAR Monitoring
Team, WGM and the CAR authorities for their joint efforts to reach an agreement
on the provisional revisions to the ToR and Operational Framework governing
controls on exports. The system will allow for more flexibility and hence, as
we hope, for more diamonds from compliant zones to enter into the legitimate
Society Coalition strongly calls on the CAR authorities to make this experiment
work and to strengthen its internal controls in order to curb fraud in the
country’s supply chains. We wish to positively contribute to the efforts of the
CAR by offering our participation in the Review Mission which will take stock
of KP implementation on the ground. Meanwhile, the situation in the East of the
country remains of deep concern to us. We therefore encourage efforts by the
CAR government, donors and all stakeholders to truly and effectively implement
the still fragile peace deal in the entire country.
Our overall conclusion from this
Plenary is one of deep disappointment. While the Kimberley Process on paper is
still a tripartite process, in reality it is first and foremost a
government-dominated body serving to protect national diamond-sector interests,
with some civil society representatives watching on the sidelines. As civil
society, we will continue to watch this process, with its tendency to pretend
being something broader and more effective than it actually is. But while the
KP continues to lose relevance and credibility, we will look ever more outside
the process to promote better diamond governance and to defend the interests of
diamond mining affected communities.
Coordinator KP Civil Society
Coalition on Behalf of the KP CSC.