Letter: In Brief

Sir: Alex Duvall Smith's article on diamonds (Magazine, 13 February) contains a serious error. Unita has never "set up joint operations with De Beers". De Beers operates in Angola in partnership with the Angolan government, through Endiama, the Angolan state diamond entity. De Beers has never had a commercial relationship with Unita.

W J LEAR

Director, Corporate Communications

De Beers, London EC1

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