Suriname recognises PNC’s role in disrupting Muri rare earth project in ‘disputed’ area

The article which appeared in the Times of Suriname.
The article which appeared in the Times of Suriname.

[]One of Suriname’s newspapers – Times of Suriname – is giving credit to the main opposition PNC in causing a disruption and ultimate pull out of Muri Brazil Venture Inc – the company which was authorized to conduct a Geological and Geophysical survey South East of Guyana (New River).

In a bold headline, a newspaper close to the Suriname government stated that “Guyana’s PNC prevents construction of airstrip in disputed territory.” According to the Times of Suriname edition of January 04, 2014, “the Guyanese Government changed its ‘mind’ after it faced political pressure from the opposition party, the People’s National Congress (PNC). The PNC made it clear to the Government that any actions within the disputed territory which is known as Tigri would cast a cloud upon relations with neighbouring Suriname.”

The newspaper also highlighted that “the PNC reminded the Guyanese government that the Surinamese government is not happy with the latest developments.”

Muri Brazil Venture Inc on Saturday in a statement said that a decision was made to no longer pursue its geological and geophysical survey under the PGGS granted by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.

“Although the process was legal and transparent, this decision is due to the misinformation, prejudice and hostility to this proposed survey by persons and agencies which are fostering an adverse investment climate in Guyana,” the statement said.

The PNC and the National Democratic Party (NDP) of Suriname have a long standing and close relationship. This was validated by a Memorandum of Understanding which was signed in 2004 between the PNC and the NDP. The NDP is the ruling Party in Suriname.

Further, in last August, when Dino Bouterse (Son of Suriname’s President) was arrested in Panama on illegal arms trafficking, there were several telling revelations, including the young Bouterse connections to the PNC.

This connection between the PNC and the Bouterse government was revealed in a Wikileakes cable, where it was revealed that “Desi Bouterse’s son, Dino, organized a Surinamese soccer team’s trip to Buxton a few years ago. It is believed that the team bus carried weapons to Buxton.”




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