Stepanavan Aarhus Center Coordinator’s another visit to Fioletovo community
On July 14 the coordinator of Stepanavan Aarhus Center visited Fioletovo community aimedto support the residents of Fioletovo community inhabited by the national minorities of the Russian nation.
Note that the “Grade Redmet” LLC intends to exploit an open-pit mine, 1.3 km from the area of the mine, to accumulate up to 3 million cubic meters of wastes within 5 years, producing 37 million tons of ore annually. That is why over the last few months he tranquility of molokans has been distorted. In January the residents of Fioletovo forced to turn to the Ambassador of the OSCE Office in Yerevan Mr. Andrey Sorokin and Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the RF Mr. Ivan Volinkin, with the request to support to the suspension of the mine operation. The latters had had a meeting with the minister of Nature Protection Mr. A. Grigoryan, after which the construction of the mine was suspended.
According to the responses of the relevant departments, the planned mining operations in Fioletovo were suspended at many request of the molokans, but then again send their consideration in the construction of the mine. But from time to time the diuscussions on mine exploitation issues were held. Note that, according to witnesses, people regularly come in cars the mine planned “territory” make measurements and take samples. Which is very surprising and frustrating for the locals, as they have already presented their position that they are not going to hand over their fertile ancestral lands, they will not allow to contaminate the native village water, air, soil, will not leave their homes and will continue working, creating good for the people of our country. During the meeting the coordinator of Stepanavan Aarhus Center again introduced to the residents their rights the provisions of the Aarhus Convention and called for continuing more active and consistent work, highlighting their involvement in the environmental protection process and make their voices heard in terms of the final decision.
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Translated by Marine Mazmanyan