Peru revokes British ship’s permission to dockLIMA - On Monday Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Roncagliolo said the government had revoked permission for the British ship HMS Montrose to dock at the Callao Naval base. According to Andina, Roncagliolo said the decision reflects the country’s support of Argentina in the Falkland Islands dispute.
This decision has been taken in the spirit of Latin American solidarity commitments undertaken in the UNASUR framework, which respects the legitimate rights of Argentina’s sovereignty in the Falkland Islands dispute […]” According to El Comercio the Peruvian government had authorized the British ship to dock in the port of Callao from Thursday 22 to Monday 26 of March.
The ship’s visit, which was approved by Peru’s congress on February 27 2012, caused controversy in Argentina. The Royal Navy’s ship, and 186 crewmembers would have been docked in Peruvian waters for four days.
Last month President Ollanta Humala expressed Peru’s support over the Falkland Islands dispute, in a letter to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez. According to Peru21, Humala expressed his solidarity and support on behalf of the Peruvian people and government, for the “legitimate rights of Argentina’s sovereignty.”
Leaked emails confirm President Humala’s brother had privileges in prison
LIMA – New leaked emails have confirmed that Antauro Humala maintained a certain amount of influence and power with the outside world from his jail cell in Piedras Gordas. According to Peru21, the President’s brother received emails with job requests, or requests for him to participate as a consultant on social issues. Humala also received emails indicating he had received payments from someone in Venezuela, and had maintained contacts with members of the Navy’s intelligence unit.
According to the reports Antauro Humala’s recent prison transfer, appears to have had little effect on his access to the outside. Humala, a former army major, was jailed in September 2009 for his role in the killing of four police officers during the takeover of a police station in the southern Andean town of Andahuaylas in 2005. Humala was found guilty on six charges, including voluntary manslaughter, rebellion and kidnapping.
News show Panorama reported that Humala received an email with details of a money transfer on March 15, thirteen days after his transfer from Piedras Gordas to the Virgen de la Mered prison, in Chorillos. The email, from a woman named Jovina Lopes, reported that money had been transferred from Venezuela.
Four days later Humala sent an email to a different person, confirming payment and giving an account number. According to Peru21 a prison employee confirmed that Antauro Humala enjoyed several privileges, including an iPhone, a laptop with internet access, and a refrigerator. “His cell looked like an employment office,” the unnamed prison employee said.
Peru’s gold output hits 6-month high on gains by Newmont
LIMA – Peru’s gold production reached 6-month highs on gains by Newmont Mining, one of the country’s top miners, Bloomberg reports. Gold production climbed 13% to 33,325 pounds according to a statement by the Energy & Mines Ministry; the data on other mined commodities was mixed:
Colorado-based Newmont (NYSE:NEM) is majority owner of Minera Yanacocha, which operates South America’s largest gold mine and owns the Minas Conga project, Peru’s biggest mining development requiring an investment of up to $4.8 billion. Newmont stopped construction of the copper-gold project in November after violent protests over environmental concerns in the poor Cajamarca region of northern Peru. Peru’s Prime Minister said in January that Conga will be developed because otherwise, the government could end up with a “huge” compensation payment if the $4.8 billion mine does not go ahead.
The Graystone Company (GYST) Announces Increase in Gold Produced in Peru
LIMA – The Graystone Company, Inc. is a U.S.-based mining and exploration company focused on acquiring and developing gold and other mineral properties. The Company’s strategy is to build value for shareholders by the identification, acquisition and exploration of early-stage properties that show significant potential for the discovery of gold. The Graystone Company (OTC Bulletin Board: GYST) announced that its 100% owned subsidiary Grupo Minero Inca (a Peruvian Corporation) has claimed an additional mining concession in Peru.
The new concession has been named Graystone III is 1,729.7 acres. The acquisition of the additional claim increases the Company’s total portfolio of properties to 4,695 acres or 7.3 square miles. Graystone III is located approximately 4 hours north of the Company’s main mining operations at Gorilla and is located closer to the Ecuadorian mountains that feed gold into the area. The Company believes that the ancient river beds that carried the majority of the gold down to our current properties ran through Graystone III.
Based on the possible presence of ancient river beds and the way the current river flows around the property, the Company believes that Graystone III can have a large number of glory holes (high concentration of gold deposits) throughout the property. The acquisition of Graystone III is part of the Company’s plan to acquire 5,000 acres by the end of June 30, 2012.