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Friday 23 March, 2007

European Diamonds

Directorate Change

European Diamonds PLC
23 March 2007


                              European Diamonds plc

                                 (The'Company')


                        • Staffing & Management Update

                              • Board Appointment


23rd March 2007: The management of European Diamonds Plc (EPD) is pleased to
issue the following update on staffing and operational matters at the Company's
diamond mine site at Liqhobong, Lesotho.

Staffing

Mr Andrew Birnie, the Company's Chief Geologist and Project Manager-Liqhobong,
has joined the board of EPD and in addition, has been appointed to the position
of General Manager-Operations of Liqhobong Mining Development Company (LMDC),
the Company's subsidiary in Lesotho. Mr Birnie will be responsible for the
mining operation at Liqhobong and the on-going evaluation programme at the Main
Pipe.

As a further part of the Company's programme of strengthening of its
Lesotho-based management team, Mr John Amis has been appointed as General
Manager-Mining based at the Liqhobong mine site. Mr Amis is a senior mechanical
engineer with some 40 years of hands-on mining experience in Southern Africa
with a number of South African mining companies' including De Beers, Anglo
American and Gold Fields. Mr Amis will have responsibility for the day to day
mine site operation and will report directly to Mr Birnie.

Mr Stephen Lay, a very experienced British mining engineer, has accepted the
position of Consultant to the Company. Mr Lay has over 30 years of practical
mining and project experience in various parts of the world in addition to a
significant background in management and executive roles in a number of publicly
listed companies.

Mr Chris Sangster, the Company's General Manager since April 2006, has resigned
to pursue other mining related interests but will continue to have a role as a
consultant to the Company. Mr Sangster has recently been responsible for
supervising the Pre Feasibility Study (PFS) of the Main Pipe at Liqhobong and
will continue in this role.

The Company is also pleased to announce the appointment of the London-based
group, Enigma Consulting, as IR Consultant to the Company. Enigma will add an
important new and positive dimension to the Company's industry and investor
relations campaign.

Board Appointment

European Diamonds PLC ('EPD' or the 'Company') announced today the appointment
of Mr Andrew Campbell Birnie as an executive director of the Company and General
Manager, Operations.

Andrew Birnie is the Company's Chief Geologist and has over 24 years of
experience as a geologist in the natural resource sector, mainly in diamond and
gold mining areas. For the last three years Mr Birnie has been responsible for
the development of the Liqhobong diamond project and bringing the project into
production. Mr Birnie holds a Bsc. (Honours Geology) from Monash University and
is a professional member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
(AusIMM).

Mr Birnie currently holds Nil ordinary shares of the Company.

The Chairman of EPD, Mr. Buddy Doyle, commented, 'these are welcome changes to
the management of the Company, which are a natural evolution of our growth.  Mr.
Birnie in particular has been instrumental in creating our Lesotho operations
and his presence as a director will give the board easy access to his experience
and insights. Mr Amis and Mr Lay bring over 70 years of engineering experience
to the project and have already impressed by diving into the project with
enthusiasm and a 'can do' attitude. I would also like to express, on behalf of
the board, appreciation for Mr. Sangster's efforts. We look forward to his
continuation participation in the project to a lesser extent and every success
in his new venture.'

The following information is provided in accordance with paragraph 17 and
Schedule 2(g) of the London Stock Exchange AIM Rules:

ANDREW CAMPBELL BIRNIE (Age 45)

a)   has held within past 5 years the following directorships/partnerships:
     Current
     Director - Liqhobong Mining Development Company (Pty) Ltd
     Director - Maluti Diamonds (Pty) Ltd.

     Former
     Nil

b)   has no unspent convictions in relation to indictable offences;

c)   has not had any bankruptcy order made against him or entered into any 
     individual voluntary arrangement;

d)   has not been a director of a company which has been placed into 
     receivership, compulsory liquidation, creditors' voluntary liquidation,
     administration or which has entered into any company voluntary arrangement 
     or any composition or arrangement with its creditors generally or any class 
     of its creditors, at the time of or within twelve months preceding such 
     events;

e)   has not been a partner of any partnership which has been put into 
     compulsory liquidation, administration or entered into partnership 
     voluntary arrangements, at the time of or within twelve months preceding 
     such event; or

f)   has not been publicly criticised by statutory or regulatory authorities 
     (including recognised professional bodies) or ever been disqualified by a 
     court from acting as a director of a company or from acting in the 
     management or conduct of the affairs of any company.


For further information contact:

Kerry Wells, European Diamonds                              +44 (0) 1727 852 417

Allan Piper, First City Public Relations                    +44 (0) 20 7436 7486

Roy Spencer, CEO, European Diamonds:                        +44 (0) 1727 852 417

James Cable, Finance Director, European Diamonds:           +44 (0) 20 7529 7502

Mike Jones, Canaccord Adams Limited                         +44 (0) 20 7050 6500

Ryan Gaffney, Canaccord Adams Limited                       +44 (0) 20 7050 6500


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