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Company Response

4 Jan 2013

Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

[DOC] Kappes, Cassiday & Associates response

Given the fact that the protest has been on-going for nine months now, the lack of violent acts is an amazing testament to the responsible behavior on both sides...The articles which you link to, repeatedly refer to the illegality of the mine. The mine has been fully permitted...Part of the permitting process involved a 3-year process of community involvement...We have not been able to identify any human rights issues. The anti-mining protestors have not presented any human rights issues. Nor are there any health issues...Regarding...issues...like people being worried about their water supply, air quality, or quality of life: we have had an on-going effort for the past three years in which we placed knowledgeable people in the local communities with an attempt to identify and address these issues...[W]e are doing everything we think is possible to reach out to, educate, and dialog with, the local communities.

Part of the following timelines

Guatemala: KCA & Radius Gold allegedly use violence in repressing peaceful protest against El Tambor mine by community members

Guatemala: Report on indigenous rights abuses by mining companies & govt.; includes companies' comments

Land rights defenders increasingly the target of repressive measures, says the Observatory

Defensores de derecho a la tierra cada vez más son objeto de medidas represivas, dice el Observatorio

Guatemala: Commentary alleges violent attacks against land defenders resisting El Tambor mine; incl. co. responses