Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 30, 2012


On June 4-7, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez and Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, Chair of the Kimberley Process, will host the annual Kimberley Process Intersessional at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. The attendees will discuss a range of topics related to the mining and trading of conflict-free rough diamonds.

The United States holds the Kimberley Process Chairmanship in 2012.

Assistant Secretary Fernandez; Ambassador Milovanovic; Honorable Minister Susan Shabangu of South Africa; Eli Izakoff, president of the World Diamond Council; and a representative of the Civil Society Coalition will deliver the opening remarks on Monday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. A press conference at the conclusion of the meeting will take place on Thursday, June 7 at 12:45 p.m. Both events are open to credentialed members of the media.

Monday, June 4

Pre-set time for cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Thursday, June 7

Pre-set time for cameras: 11:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 12:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

PRESS CONTACTS:

J.J. Harder, Advisor to the Kimberley Process Chair
U.S. Department of State
(202) 436-1462

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492



PRN: 2012/859