Niger's junta puts all mining contracts under study

16:46, February 25, 2010      

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The Supreme Council for the Restiration of Democracy (CSRD), the Nigerien military junta, announced on Wednesday that all mining contracts will be carefully studied.

During a press conference, the first since the Feb. 18 military coup, CSRD spokesman Abdoul Karim Goukoye declared that all mining contracts were certainly going to be looked at more carefully and that "everything is going to be done in equity and justice."

He indicated economic crime in contracts signed previously between Niger with companies, saying government officials might have taken bribe from those firms.

"We are definitely going to hold those state officials accountable. That is a priority. An absolute priority. It is a must that we do this and instructions have been given to those charged with this issue to ensure that the payments that are supposed to be done at the expiry date are made at that time," he told reporters.

Source: Xinhua
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