Marange, Zimbabwe — MININGREVIEW.COM — 20 February 2012 – Zimbabwean prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has endorsed the concept of diamonds from Marange, saying Zimbabwe is operating within international standards, but emphasises that there should be transparency in the extraction and marketing of the gemstones.

Speaking after a two-day tour of the Marange diamond fields, Tsvangirai was quoted by “The Standard” as saying that all the companies in operation in Zimbabwe were following the laws of the country.

Earlier in the week, pressure group Global Witness had called for a review of all contracts in Marange, as well as audit concession allocation procedures and operations conducted so far, to see whether they represented a good deal for Zimbabwe.

“Secondly, the KPCS (Kimberley Process Certification Scheme) is an international organisation that certifies all diamond operations, and if they are not satisfied with what has been put in place, they will not allow Zimbabwe to sell its diamonds. The KPCS recently certified Zimbabwe to sell diamonds, so we must be operating within the rules and standards set by the organisation.”

Tsvangirai said the discovery of diamonds was a blessing and the country had to benefit from the extraction of the mineral.

Four companies “’ Diamond Mining Corporation, Marange Resources, Mbada Diamonds and Anjin Investments “’ are mining diamonds in the Marange area. The prime minister was on a tour of the diamond producers, his first since the commencement of mining in Marange.