Avi Paz wishes to express his gratitude to Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ron Prosor, for representing Israel’s diamond industry with honor and conviction at a December meeting of the UN General Assembly that dealt with the global diamond industry. In that forum, U.S. Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic concluded her term as chair of the Kimberley Process by tabling a resolution that recognized the KP’s role in efforts to terminate the trading of conflict diamonds. Avi Paz also wishes to take this opportunity to express his gratitude and appreciation to the departing Kimberley Process chair Gillian Milovanovic for her work and her many contributions to the global diamond industry.
A month earlier, Milovanovic hosted a series of meetings of the KP at the U.S. State Department in which the group discussed and debated a proposal to augment the official definition of the term “conflict diamonds” to include gems that currently fall outside of its purview. Adopting a new definition would have significant implications for diamond-producing countries, and we must ensure that any future decision regarding this matter takes into account the interests of diamond dealers and diamond companies in Israel and all over the world.
Ambassador Prosor has represented Israel and its diamond industry in international forums with distinction and Avi Paz thanks him for his continued efforts in this regard, recognizing the important role that the Israeli diamond industry plays in the national and international economy.