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Aung San Suu Kyi to mediate for solving Myanmar copper mining project issue

English.news.cn   2012-11-29 23:31:43            

MONYWA, Myanmar, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Aung San Suu Kyi, parliamentarian and chairperson of the Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquility of Myanmar's Lower House, visited the copper mining project site at Monywa-Letpadantaung in Sagaing region Thursday and met the investor who faced with local protest demanding a halt to the project.

After the meeting, Suu Kyi told a rally in Kantgong village, Monywa-Salingyi, in the evening that she would like to mediate between the local protesters and the project investor to end the crisis peacefully with correct settlement.

She said she is willing to step in to negotiate between the two sides and solve the difficulties with integrity to the best of her ability.

Suu Kyi's arrival in Monywa project site came on the same day several hours after Myanmar's riot police cleared some six strike camps based at the project site after the demonstrators defied the government ultimatum which was set for Tuesday 12 p.m. local time to break away and leave the site.

"The action had to be taken for the rule of law and to protect the interest of the state and the public under law in line with democratic practice," a press release of the government said in the evening.

According to the release, the Letpadantaung copper mining project was carried out since the previous government to exploit natural resources with least impact on environment and technology in line with the international prescriptions for the economic development of the country.

The project was launched with systematic assessment of economic worthwhileness, creating job opportunities and obtaining technical transfer with systematic environment conservation.

However, it was found that some people made instigations and organized the protests to undermine the project, the release said.

It was also found that ignoring the curfew order imposed on the project site, some people opened strike camps aimed at undermining the project, destroying project supply system, interrupting project staff and staging demonstration by illegal gathering, the release went on to say.

Myanmar Home Ministry had issued the ultimatum on Tuesday to protesters to make way for an independent commission to probe into the project or they will face legal action.

However, the demonstrators ignored the warning and kept on staying at the strike camps, forcing the riot police to take action to disperse them by use of force, the release added.

On last Friday, the House of Representatives (Lower House) decided to form an independent commission to investigate into the Latpaduntaung copper mine projects in response to a proposal submitted by Daw Khin San Hlaing, an MP of Pale constituency.

The project work have been halted since Nov. 18. due to interruption by demonstrators.

Editor: yan
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