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Vol 51 No 13

Published 25th June 2010


Ottawa confronts Africa at the G-20 summit

Canadian officials will raise a mining dispute with the Kinshasa government when they host the grand summit this weekend

Canada, which hosts the Group of Eight and Group of Twenty summits on 26-27 June, is to call for action against what it claims is an attempt by Congo-Kinshasa to expropriate a copper and cobalt project run by the Vancouver-based First Quantum Mining (FQM). Although the dispute has gone to international arbitration, the Kinshasa government signed a contract in January that hands over a majority share of the assets to a mysterious consortium, registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and led by Highwind Properties.

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