Ecologists offer alternative to Yerevan mining conference guests

Ecologists offer alternative to Yerevan mining conference guests

YEREVAN, March 25. /ARKA/. Environmental activists protesting against the conference entitled “Responsible Mining in Armenia” held today in Yerevan offer guests to participate in “Irresponsible Mining” conference instead, outside Armenia Mariott Hotel.

The international conference on capacities and challenges for mining in Armenia is held by the WB and Armenia’s government, with assistance from the EBRD, the IMF, embassies of the USA, Great Britain and Germany and the Canadian government.

This conference is a step to legalize ruthless robbery of Armenia’s natural resources by foreign corporations patronized by the Armenian authorities who hide the real damage for the environment and human health, one of the activists Artur Grigoryan said at the conference.

Grigoryan said companies from the US, Great Britain and Canada are operating or planning to operate Armenian mines. The companies are still operating and speaking about “responsible mining”, despite numerous violations of the international law, poverty growth and damage to human health, Grigoryan said. –0--

12:23 25.03.2014

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