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Saturday, July 26 2014 @ 11:09 AM EDT

Role Of The United Nations Questioned - Barro Blanco Hydro Electric Project

Protests & Demonstrations
Construction of the Barro Blanco Hydro Electric Project in Panama
Construction of the Barro Blanco Hydro Electric Project in Panama
Ngäbe Indians who oppose the Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Project in Tole, Chiriqui, are waiting for the inspectors from the United Nations Organization (UN) as agreed in the Pact of San Felix. All this comes after a hectic week in which ngäbes camped for several days on the premises of this project in Tole. And though the waters have lowered their level (the situation has calmed down), the Indians are taking advantage of the time and have visited different communities to tell their people why they oppose the construction of this hydroelectric project.

Justification - According to Father Eusebio Munoz, experts (surveyors) were supposed to have started working on 18 May, but that day the protests began that lasted more than a week. "For them to attend their safety has to be ensured, and once and for all their work will start as coordinated in the technical committee," he said.

For the environmentalist Carmencita Tedman, there is no wonder regarding the attitude of this organization (UN), because a few months before the protests, recorded in early May, they granted a carbon credit to the Barro Blanco project. "So this body could not be impartial during the negotiations," said Tedman. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: After the protests, it was decided at the negotiation table that experts from the United Nations would come in to make surveys to determine whether or not the Barro Blanco hydro electric project is located within the boundaries of the Ngäbe Bugle comarca (region.) Their participation has already been discussed and agreed upon. As far as this environmentalist questioning their impartiality - that boat has already sailed.

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