Advocacy group Global Witness said there may be gaps in remaining sanctions on Zimbabwe that would allow diamond revenue to fund the military.
The European Union announced Monday that Zimbabwe could go ahead with
some diamond and gold sales in Europe provided it has democratic
elections as expected in July.
The European Union said it was "encouraged" by political reforms
ahead of "peaceful, transparent and credible elections later this year."
Global Witness said, however, there may be gaps that give the
government a chance to funnel revenue from diamond sales to the
Campaigner Emily Armistead, in a statement, said the advocacy group
welcomed the fact that some restrictions against ZMDC remained in place.
"However, the EU could have gone further to prevent diamond revenues
funding ZANU-PF security forces," she said. "In particular, we are
concerned that Zimbabwe's largest diamond company, Anjin, is part-owned
by the military but is not covered by restrictive measures."
The group said there were links between diamond mining companies and security forces loyal to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
Global Witness said some of those groups were tied to political
violence that erupted when elections last took place in Zimbabwe in