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Mixed results in American effort to stop trade in 'conflict minerals'

Very difficult to persuade global trading community to not buy commodities extracted in conflict zones by political players who use earnings to wage war and prolong conflict in troubled places.

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The trade in rough diamonds has partially funded conflict in Angola, the DRC, and in Sierra Leone in the recent past.

THE United States is conducting diplomacy to stop trade in "conflict minerals" - popularly known as blood diamonds, blood gold, or blood tin - because such sales help fund armies and rebel groups in countries facing civil war and internal strife.

Efforts by the US and other countries,