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Indigenous People and Government Reach Agreement To Initiate Dialog on New Mining Code

Gold & MiningOn 21 March 2011 a new series of talks will commence with the intention of adopting a new proposal for a law to govern mining activities in the country, as agreed between the Coordinator for the Defense of Natural Resources and Rights of the Ngäbe People and the national government. "We hope to reach an agreement as soon as possible for the benefit of the Ngäbe people and for all Panamanians," said Rogelio Montezuma, a member of the Coordinating committee. During the meeting the two sides reached an agreement to establish an office in the indigenous area which will address the issue. The deal came after the Indians held a meeting with the President of the National Assembly, José Muñoz, where he presented a proposal that includes twelve articles. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Someone must have explained to them that there's copper in the ground worth about $900 billion dollars, and unless they let someone else in to extract and exploit those resources, they will stay underground forever. The government has learned their lesson when it comes to dealing with the various indigenous groups - you want them to be on your side no matter what. If not, they can make your life really, really miserable. So, take your time, play nice, make them happy, and get what you want in the end.

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