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Vol 49 N0 17

Published 22nd August 2008


Guinea

Iron ore, jaw-jaw

A tempting iron ore deposit on the Liberian border triggers fierce rivalries, national and international

The shock must have been great when mining giant Rio Tinto was told on 4 August that it had just lost its greatest potential asset, the gigantic Simandou iron ore concession. The letter was signed by Sam Mamady Soumah, the all-powerful Presidency Secretary General.

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