ArmInfo.The most important thing in the Amulsar issue is the protection of the interests of the communities close to the field. A similar opinion was expressed to the residents of the Jermuk community by the acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan during his election campaign.
"There are both supporters and opponents of the exploitation of Amulsar (a gold deposit in Jermuk - ed. note) in Armenia. And we must come to a balanced solution. When the government develops a specific proposal, I will personally come, and we will discuss everything and give a solution to the issue together taking into account every detail, "Pashinyan said.
It should be reminded that earlier in an interview with the Public Television of Armenia, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan noted that the most important component of environmental safety remains, and if it is resolved, than Amulsar should work. He recalled that he had noted more than once that the development of tourism in the country, although an important, but not entirely stable segment, especially in the event of force majeure, such as war, and therefore the country should have serious sources of foreign exchange earnings. In this regard, Pashinyan expressed the opinion that the Amulsar project will most likely be implemented.
It should be noted that the total cost of the Amulsar project, which is being implemented by Lydian Armenia, is $ 370 million. The life of the deposit is 10 years and 4 months, while an average of 200,000 ounces of gold are planned to be mined annually. Environmentalists have voiced their concerns about the project's implementation for a number of years. Despite the fact that the company has already spent more than $ 100 million on preparation for production, construction work at the field was suspended in 2019 due to statements from representatives of the environmental community. Thus, the project "hung in the air" for a long time.