Ardvi Community residents, Lori Region, are continuing to fight against the performance of prospecting works in the area of Shekaghbyur gold-polymetallic mine field. Mane Tandilyan, MP from 'Yelq' faction, read their complaint-statement at the National Assembly on 12 September.
'Ardvi residents get their supply from the areas designed for prospecting, where drinking water is collected and where the pasture dealing with cattle breeding is located. It's impermissible to deprive the village of all this, to pollute the clean air and the whole region with the wastes and harmful substances. We are applying to the people in charge of the fist stage of public discussions and territorial governance bodies to annul the first stage of the hearings, as the proceeding illegal steps derive from this stage, which are submission of the project, amendment and supplement of the previous project and appointing new hearings. All these steps are illegal, as the first public hearings were fake. In the second stage of the public hearings the villagers expressed their opinions in the form of public demonstrations not allowing the company representatives to enter, as from the very beginning the company was acting illegally. The company had illegally dug and transferred several trucks of raw materials from this area, while the villagers had to eliminate these consequences with their own initiative smoothening with hands whatever the excavators have destroyed. Given all this, Ardvi Alderman's Council rejected 'Miram' LLC in conducting geological works in the area of Ardvi.'
Mane Tandilyan raised the voices of Ardvi residents. Then the MP stated she had some information on Ardvi residents being threatened, 'Certain groups of people approach Ardvi residents and start convincing and threatening them to make them change their opinions. Based on this, I declare if the opinion of Ardvi residents gets changed, I will persuade the police to acknowledge this statement as a report on crime and to initiate investigation.'
After Mane Tandilyan's speech, the representatives of RA Nature Protection Ministry and police arrived in Ardvi on 13 September and observed the drilled area in Shekaghbyur together with Ardvi residents. As a result, minutes were drawn up, which record the presence of the destroyed area of 9 meters long and 0.5 meters wide and 3 meters deep generated in the spring of 2017.
Currently the Shekaghbyur gold-polymetallic project has been returned for amendments and supplements, while the expertise process was suspended till the submission of the amended and supplemented project.
14:02 September 14, 2017