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YEREVAN. – The Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, just recently arrived at the headquarters of the ruling Civil Contract party, and where a meeting is underway with members of the majority My Step faction in parliament.

The PM, however, did not respond to the reporters’ questions. In particular, when asked about the result of his meeting with the residents of Jermuk town, he only said “sorry” and entered the building.

Prior to arriving at the Civil Contract party headquarters, Pashinyan met with Jermuk residents—and at the official residence of the President of Armenia, to discuss the matter of whether the Amulsar gold mine should resume operations. At the same time, however, a protest was staged outside this residence—and against the exploitation of this mine.

As reported earlier, the Investigative Committee of Armenia has publicized the results of the comprehensive audit report which was commissioned to the Advanced Resources Development (ELARD) Lebanese consultancy firm, and regarding the likelihood of environmental risks from the exploitation of the Amulsar gold-bearing quartzite mine of Armenia.

And as a result of this audit report, 16 points were noted in its conclusion, and which, if maintained, would make this mine’s environmental risks manageable.

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