Contact:  Joyann Cooke November 6, 2007

AGTA: Statement on Myanmar (Burma) and Trading in Burmese Gemstones

Dallas, TX – November 6, 2007 – The American Gem Trade Association is in full support of the proposed legislation, pending in the United States Congress, strengthening the embargo of materials originating in Myanmar (Burma) and aimed at stemming the deplorable human rights abuses occurring in Burma.

The AGTA vigorously supports provisions in the legislation that will provide increased humanitarian aid for the people of Burma and encourages all of our domestic and international partners to join in support of this legislation.

We earnestly support the people of Burma and desire to work closely with the United States government to represent the interests of the colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry in any and all efforts to improve the human condition throughout the globe.

The AGTA is an Association of natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry professionals, dedicated to promoting the natural colored gemstone trade. The Association pursues this mission through the combined use of educational programs, industry events and publicity to both the trade and consumer. We are The Authority in Color.