ENVIRONMENTALIST: TUKHMANUK MINE OPERATED ILLEGALLY

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02:03 PM | TODAY | SOCIAL

Global Gold Mining Company has been illegally operating Tukhmanuk
mine in Aragatsotni marz (province) for five years, Greta Gabrielyan,
Chairperson of "Environmental Academy" NGO, told journalists on May 31.

The permit for the mine exploitation was issued in 2006 for two years,
however, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan
extended the exploitation period for another two years. The licence
expired long ago.

Environmentalist Silva Adamyan does not exclude corruption risks
here. Lawyer Ruzanna Ghazaryan adds that the American side has made
great investments in the project but the money was not spent for
due purpose.

She added that criminal charges had been filed against Ashot Poghosyan,
Director of the Armenian branch of Global Gold Mining.

Residents of Melik village near which Tukhmanuk mine is located
complain about the scarce water, land disqualification, low quality
and poor harvest. The residents of Meghradzor were also against the
exploitation of the mine as they didn't want to jeopardize existence
of their future generations.