ArmInfo.The Armenian government will never take steps that could harm the citizens, country and nature. Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Alen Simonyan stated this to journalists on August 12, speaking about the situation around the project for the development of this mine.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker declined to voice his opinion on the Amulsar issue, noting that he is outside of his powers and he does not have comprehensive information.
The total cost of the Amulsar project is $ 370 million. The life of the mine is 10 years and 4 months, with an average annual production of 200 thousand ounces of gold planned. To note, Lydian Armenia is a subsidiary of the British offshore Lydian International. Environmentalists and ordinary citizens are concerned that the development of the mine may lead to the pollution of the mineral groundwater in Jermuk and Lake Sevan. In addition to the water basin, the public is also concerned about the possible presence of uranium manifestations at the deposit.
Last week, there were clashes near the Amulsar mine involving police and green activists who oppose the development of the mine. The situation escalated after the Lydian Armenia security organization, the "Special Security Service", dismantled the cabins of the activists near the mine and installed their own. During the clashes, over 10 activists were detained, as well as four employees of a security organization suspected of hooliganism. Subsequently, mayor of Jermuk, Vardan Hovhannisyan, stated that the company did not have a permit for construction work in this territory, and therefore the Lydian Armenia's cabins were dismantled and moved to another location.