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Vol 51 No 13

Published 25th June 2010


Guinea

Mine not yours

Ahead of the 27 June elections (see Feature), the military regime has warned Rio Tinto to accept formally that it has lost two blocks of the giant Simandou iron ore concession – or face losing a further two blocks. President and General Sékouba Konaté made clear the junta’s position in a letter to Rio on 21 June signed by Minister Secretary General of the Presidency Tibou Camara. The government stripped Rio of Blocks 1 and 2 in Simandou, claiming the company had repeatedly breached its legal obligations to finance and produce a feasibility study for the concession.

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