Jermuk Town residents, Vayots Dzor Region, have disseminated a statement in regard to the cessation of their protest demonstration against Amulsar gold mining: The text of the announcement says: 'As the previous government hasn't taken into consideration of the society in any way, while the public hearings had a formal nature and were held with a number of gross violations, licenses and permits have been issues with the violation of a number of laws, so each business bears this responsibility at its own risk. The only entity responsible for this situation is Lydian International Company having shown the irresponsible attitude towards society and the cessation of the activities of Lydian International is conditioned with the following:
1. Not respecting Armenian Law with its activities from the very beginning,
2. Not taking into consideration the public opinion fro the very beginning.
We are demanding to stop construction works in Amulsar area and to invite lawyers, independent experts, who will issue final legal and environmental assessment to the whole mining process.
All the roads leading to the mine will be blocked again if the mining cars drive up the mountain to continue their operation. Cars driving out of Amulsar area won't face any obstacles.'
18:43 May 23, 2018