[Translations of four articles from the Dominican Republic on challenges to the terms of a contract between the Canadian mining company Barrick Gold and the Dominican government covering operation of the Barrick mine at Pueblo Viejo. See related articles here, here and here. The mine, one of the oldest gold mines in the Americas, is in the Cibao region of the country, on a belt of mineral-rich and fertile land stretching from northwestern Haiti, site of another recent conflict over gold and copper mining operations. For more on the Haitian conflict, go here.]
President Danilo Medina calls Barrick Gold contract “simply unacceptable”
[From Despertar Dominicano of Santo Domingo for February 27. See original here.]
Santo Domingo – President Danilo Medina has described as “unacceptable” the portions of benefits divided between the Barrick Gold mining company and the Dominican state.
At the same time, the president announced that his administration will direct efforts toward a renegotiation of the contract.
He warned that if the fiscal terms of the contract are not modified by mutual agreement in the next few years, Barrick will keep practically everything and the people will be left with nothing.
“Dominican men and women, I, Danilo Medina, assure you that that will not happen,” he declared.