HudBay Minerals Provides Update on CGN
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2009) - HudBay Minerals Inc. ("HudBay") (TSX:HBM) today commented on recent events occurring in the vicinity of its Fenix project, owned by Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel ("CGN"), its subsidiary in Guatemala.
On Sunday, September 27, 2009 discussions were occurring between authorities and illegal occupiers of CGN land known as area 217 in an effort to persuade the occupiers to comply with their commitments under an agreement to relocate. A majority of local families have complied with the resettlement agreement but a few continue to illegally occupy CGN property at this location.
HudBay wants to emphasize that no evictions were carried out and none were threatened or intended. The discussions were consistent with HudBay's strategy of peacefully resolving illegal occupations through dialogue.
When negotiations ended without resolution, government vehicles departing from area 217 were attacked near the town of El Estor by a separate group of organized protestors.
Reports received by CGN indicate that the protestors also ransacked the local police station and stole weapons, including automatic firearms. Later in the day, they attacked a CGN-sponsored community hospital in El Estor, resulting in extensive damage to the facility and equipment recently donated by the Hope Alliance.
CGN has confirmed that several of its employees were injured during the attack on the hospital. Throughout the attacks, CGN personnel showed great restraint and acted only in self defense. There was no damage reported at the mine site or plant facilities owned by CGN.
It has also been reported that one of the protestors died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a confrontation among the protestors.
"We deeply regret the injuries and loss of life that occurred in the El Estor area during the attacks by an organized minority," said Peter R. Jones, HudBay's chief executive officer. "Our number one priority is to ensure the safety and security of all residents and employees in El Estor."
CGN is committed to working collaboratively with the local community through various outreach programs to support the development and enhancement of health, education and cultural centers and to increase environmental understanding in the region.
"The majority of residents in the area support our outreach efforts, investments in the local community and development of the Fenix project," added Mr. Jones. "We remain committed to working with local residents to reach a fair and equitable solution to land claims and resettlement."
CGN is committed to advancing the development of the Fenix project to reach full production when it is economically viable. Currently, CGN employs approximately 100 people in Guatemala.
CGN intends to cooperate fully with any investigation conducted by authorities in connection with the incidents.
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