Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hold dialogue before mining: UN

Stand up and be counted, Virginia politicians. Do the people of Southside not deserve the same respect as the people of Meghalaya, India with regard to proposed uranium mining? If you cannot or will not say "yes", and then follow through with the necessary dialogue, you do not deserve your office.

Shillong, October 16 (PTI): A UN envoy on Thursday said the government should seek the consent of local people before taking up uranium mining in Meghalaya, an issue hanging fire for over two decades. "Such projects need participation of indigenous people. They should agree that they would like to have such a project on their land," Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Victoria Tauli Corpuz told reporters here.

The Forum is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights. "The government should hold intense dialogue until they give their consent. By merely saying that such projects would bring in development is not enough. Development packages should not be used as enticement," Corpuz said.

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