Ministry of Mines and Energy. Medellin, Antioquia. August 25th, 2017. The Ministry of Mines and the Office of the Governor of Antioquia met today Friday August 25th in the municipality of Segovia with the Mining Roundtable for Solutions, for the sake of finding ways to solve the issues involving this location that has endured 35 days of strike.
"We continue supporting the negotiation between the miners and the title holders in order to provide guarantees for the miners regarding our support for their traditional status, but understanding that this activity cannot continue in the midst of a state of informality, which makes them vulnerable in the eyes of mafia groups that control illegal economics," said the Minister of Mines and Energy, German Arce Zapata.
With mining formalization, the work-related and living conditions for small-scale miners will improve, and it will be possible to fight against the traffic and commercialization of chemical resources such as mercury, explosives and fuel, among others, that are used to finance illegal structures.
"We remain open to dialogue. We have interacted with representatives from the Mining Roundtable on a permanent table and we have reiterated our invitation to solve this situation through the use of conversation. We have all the willpower to lead the discussions between them and the Gran Colombia Gold company to a successful resolution and bring back normalcy to the municipalities of Segovia and Remedios," said Carlos Andres Cante, Vice-Minister of Mines.
At the same time, the Office of the Governor of Antioquia, the departmental mining authority, shall send a commission from the Offices of the Secretary of Government and the Secretary of Mines, who have been leading the mining roundtable for finding resolutions during almost 18 months, consistent with Decree 2016070005305 of 2016, issued by the Governor of Antioquia, Luis Perez Gutierrez.