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18 May 2020

Thomas Rowley, openDemocracy (UK)

Armenia: UK & US Govt. allegedly pressured govt. to finish construction of controversial Amulsar gold mine, despite socio-environmental risks

"Armenia ‘under pressure’ from UK and US over mining dispute, says EU report", 5 May 2020

An internal report by the European Union Delegation to Armenia states that the UK and US have pressured the country over a controversial gold mining project, openDemocracy reports today.

The Amulsar gold mine shot to the forefront of Armenian politics after the country underwent its “Velvet Revolution” in 2018, when public protests forced the ruling Republican Party out of power. In the aftermath local residents and environmental activists began a blockade of the unfinished $400m mining project, bringing them into conflict with British-American mining company Lydian International, the company’s international supporters and the Armenian government...

Protesters also allege that the environmental and social impact assessments were "incomplete, inaccurate and fraudulent."