At the moment we do not have any legal grounds to ban the exploitation of the Amulsar mine, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said during a live broadcast on his Facebook page.
"I want to ask our dear compatriots in Jermuk city that they clear all roads leading to Amulsar Mine," Nikol Pashinyan said.
“But it is also understandable that we cannot ignore the concerns in our society. On the other hand, we cannot ignore the concerns of the Armenian economic community. We cannot ignore environmental risks. If the mine is safe by environmental and other standards, the mine can be exploited, if the mine is not safe by environmental and other standards, the mine cannot be exploited,” the Prime Minister said.
He noted that Lydian had at the highest level guaranteed that the mine would be safe."
On the Amulsar plan to launch a new EIA, the PM said: "There is no mechanism for the Minister to say by an administrative decision that a new EIA should be implemented."
Pashinyan also said that he had instructed the Nature Protection and Mining Inspection to start inspections in Amulsar.
"I want you to be sure that as in the rest, in this matter we will not go into any corruption, any shadow or unprincipled deal," Nikol Pashinyan concluded.
12:52 September 09, 2019