Kazakhstan intends to join the Kimberley Process

November 9. Interfax-Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan intends to join the Kimberley ProcessKazakhstan intends to join the Kimberley Process, a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds.

“Russia and Belarus are already members of the Kimberley Process. The abolishment of customs control between the member states of the Customs Union, which is scheduled for July 1, 2011, will make it impossible to track exports of diamonds from the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation to Kazakhstan,” the Kazakh Ministry of Economic Development and Trade says in a Tuesday press release.

“That is why, Kazakhstan need to join the Kimberley Process, which will allow the republic to increase the trades in treated or untreated diamonds,” the press release says.

The Kazakh side received all the documents after the plenary meeting of the Kimberly Process in Jerusalem last week, as required to join this international initiative, according to the press release.