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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ecuador Congress Debates Mining Law

Quito, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) The Legislation and Supervision Commission carries out Monday the second and last debate of the mining law project, to establish rational exploitation of natural resources in Ecuador.

This legislation, rejected by indigenous and ecologist movements, will rule the State's sovereign rights to administrate, regulate, and control the mining industry with principles of sustainability, precaution, prevention and efficiency.

A report from the economic development and production sub-commission approves the government proposal, after changes by social and indigenous groups.

Irina Cabezas, president of that sub-commission, stated that the mining activity will create over 300,000 posts, to favor the country's development under strict rules of environments protection, and especially hydraulic resources.

That project has 14 reasons to declare the closing date of concessions, among them, disrespect of human rights, communities, and sectors near the mining extraction, and water contamination, she stressed.

The top representative of that sub-commission stated that prior to today's discussion, participants consulted the mining proposal with social organizations, indigenous and rural sectors, as well as assembly members.

The discussion of this project takes place after Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa criticized the position of indigenous movement and ecologist groups, opposed at any cost, with demands already corrected by the Congress.

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