12 Jan Meeting set to tackle Letpadaung mine problem

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Protesters at the Letpadaung copper mine site on January 10, 2015. Photo: Ko Han Win Aung/Facebook
Protesters at the Letpadaung copper mine site on January 10, 2015. Photo: Ko Han Win Aung/Facebook

Efforts to resolve the standoff between protesters and the Letpadaung copper mining company will get underway at a tripartite meeting on January 14.

Ma Moe Moe Tun, joint-secretary of the Sein Lan Pyin Oo Lwin non-profit organization, told Mizzima on January 11 that the tripartite discussions involving government representatives, the mining company and civil society organizations is scheduled to be held in Nay Pyi Taw.

The meeting will be attended by Union Minster U Soe Thane, Deputy Minister of Finance Dr Maung Maung Thein, members of the implementation committee for the investigation commission involved in the project, representatives of Myanmar Economic Holdings and Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Limited, and NGOs.

In the wake of recent violent clashes between local residents and police and company workers at the mine, NGOs suggested to the deputy finance minister and the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative office that oversees mining in the country that a meeting was needed.

Ma Moe Moe Tun said she had heard that all the relevant participants will be involved.

“We will call on [representatives of] the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative to see what they can suggest,” she said.

A total of nine representatives from NGOs, such as the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, Sein Lan Pyin Oo Lwin and Sein Yaung So, will take part in the discussions.

At least one person has died and dozens have been injured in demonstrations over the last two years over the work of the Chinese-run mining company, which critics claim has been stealing farmers’ land and polluting the environment.