Panama Government Has No Will To Solve Problems, Indigenous Leaders Say
PANAMA CITY -- Ngäbe Bugle chieftan Silvia Carrera, denounced the Panama government on Thursday March 1, as unwilling to talk to the indigenous people on the issue of mining and hydroelectricity development.
Photo: Silvia Carrera, right, elected, indigenous chieftan. Credit: Newsroom Panama.
"They don’t have the will to solve the
problem," she said. According to Carrera, the indigenous
negotiators had to move from their land to the capital for 21 days, to
participate in the dialogues and have had more than one month on
She said, on Telemtero Report that "We have
tried out best best to overcome the crisis we are experiencing,” but the
same attitude was not shown by the government authorities.
Carrera said that indigenous leaders are waiting for answers
but are "not expecting anything more." President Ricardo
Martinelli is directly responsible for the street prostests in recent
days she said "We have given everything we can give.”
Meanwhile, Alberto Montezuma, Coordinator for the Ngäbe
Bugle Natural Resources Defense and People's Rights said the government has
tried to mislead the people of Panama, and dilute the negotiations taking place
in the National Assembly.
The leader mentioned that there are five projects that
affect the region Ngäbe Bugle and annexed areas, contrary to what authorities
Montezuma said that representatives of the
government have failed to date, to support the reasons why they cannot cancel
the project at Barro Blanco, as requested.
Source: Newsroom Panama
Published by: Magne Ove Varsi