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Cajamarca president responds to Conga environmental study
Regional President of Cajamarca Gregorio Santos (Photo: Andina/Archive)
By Manuel Vigo
April 18, 2012
On Tuesday, Regional President of Cajamarca, Gregorio Santos, gave a press conference minutes after the government was handed the Conga mining project’s environmental impact re-assessment.
"We achieved a great victory [...] we have made the state recognize that there is a need to build trust, the fact people in Cajamarca doesn’t [have trust], is an indication, it’s a long road toward building it," Santos said, according to El Comercio.
The regional president approved of the foreign experts signing every page of the report that was delivered to Prime Minister Oscar Valdes, but said he would have preferred the document was made available online immediately after.
Santos also said he was pleased with the government’s approach of analyzing the report thoroughly before making any decision regarding the Conga mining project.
However, Santos was critical of the fact regional Cajamarca authorities were not allowed to attend the meeting during which the study was presented and explained by the group of international experts.
According to El Comercio, the regional president estimated it would take 60 days to fully study and debate the environmental report.
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