DUNDO (ANGOLA)– Over 30,000 diamond stones were seized in various provinces of the country, as part of the transparency operation carried out by the Angolan Executive since Sept 25.

The stones correspond to 1,894 carats, 1,403 still to be evaluated, according to Commissioner Antonio Bernardo, spokesman for the operation that aims to control illegal immigration and trafficking of diamonds.

In a press conference, the official said that diamond trading houses were also closed in several provinces of the country and seized more than 600,000 US dollars.

The official added that some tools used in illegal diamond mining were also seized and the recovery of 50 AKM-type firearms.

The operation will last two years.

Separately, the Lucapa Diamonds, a firm that explores diamonds in the Angolan territory, has manifested interest in getting involved in the exploration of other minerals in Angola.

The intention was manifested by the executive director of the company, Stephen Wetherell, to the Angolan secretary of State for Geology and Mining, JAnio CorrA�a Victor, on the fringes of the Africa Down Under Conference, the greatest diamonds forum, taking place on Aug 29-31 in Perth City, Australia.

JAnio CorrA�a Victor granted an audience to Stephen Wetherell and to representatives of the Mimbous firm, reads a press note issued by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Oil.

The meeting was intended to strengthen the relations and analyse the possibility to make new partnerships.

Lucapa Diamonds Company operates in Angola in the Lulo Diamonds Project, in the nortrh-eastern Lunda Norte Province.