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In October 2002, a United Nations Panel of Experts accused 85 OECD-based companies of violating the Guidelines for their direct or indirect roles in the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Panel alleged that “elite networks” of political and military elites and businesspersons fueled the conflict in order to retain their control over the country’s vast natural resources. In November, 2004, a group of Belgian NGOs filed a complaint against George Forrest International SA, Cogecom, Nami Gems and Belgolaise Bank.

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The NCP issued a statement that the Guidelines were respected “within the matter of possibility”. In the statement, the NCP also called for more transparency from GFI.

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