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De Beers hires ex- British diplomat to challenge Antwerp sole entry point

De Beers has hired a former senior British diplomat to challenge the designation of Antwerp as the sole entry point for diamonds entering EU countries.

Emma Wade-Smith who was the UK's consul general in New York until January, is now lobbying Western governments as the British miner's newly-appointed senior vice president, government affairs.

She and a team based in Washington DC are calling for additional nodes or entry points in major diamond producing countries including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada.

A spokesman for De Beers said that additional nodes "would enhance the effectiveness of diamond source verification while avoiding unintended negative consequences for ethical non-Russian diamond producing countries and the legitimate non-Russian diamond trade."

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