The following is the text of her speech to the World Diamond Congress this week:
Thank you for inviting me to be with you today at this joint meeting of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association here in Mumbai. I would like to take this opportunity also to thank the Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and the Bharat Diamond Bourse for hosting this important meeting.
Now I know that there have been concerns that changing the “conflict diamond” definition is just a means to resurrect previous, acrimonious disputes and/or to target specific countries. Some have worried that change could have a disproportionately negative effect on producer nations. Others have been just as concerned that manufacturing or trading nations would be damaged collaterally.
The U.S. proposal, like others, is intended to initiate discussion with other participant governments, with industry representatives such as you, and with civil society organizations. If there is something that you don’t understand or that you do not agree with, please say so and give us a chance to respond to your concerns. We always need practical ideas and constructive suggestions.