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Miners threatening court action over Amerindian lands extension

The request by Amerindian communities  for extension of their title lands continues to be met with rejection by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association and the women miners organisation. The two bodies are threatening to move to the courts to put  a stop to the process.

President of the GG&DMA Patrick Harding.

The association on Wednesday walked out of a UNDP meeting where funding for Amerindian land demarcation and extension was granted.

The UNDP meeting was attended by Permanent secretaries from the ministries of natural resources and Amerindian affairs, head of the GGMC and other key stakeholders.

Harding said that the miners association met with key stakeholders in the government over the growing concerns, but nobody appears to be listening.

Dabria Marcus executive member of the GG& DMA believes that the Amerindians are pushing too far, while Simona Broomes spoke of the effect the new moves will have on the mining community.

The UNDP is funding the process, and  the associations say that they hope the government rethink their actions .

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