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Peru - The Curse of Inca Gold

 


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Synopsis of "The Curse of Inca Gold"

WEB EXCLUSIVE:
MONTESINOS'S WEB
The high-stakes battle to control the world's richest gold mine.


ALL THAT GLITTERS
Gold's place and power in society

THE TOXIC SHIMMER OF GOLD
The environmental costs of gold mining

FACTS & STATS
Peru's rich history and natural resources

LINKS & RESOURCES
From the Conquistadors to President Fujimori's reign

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Interviews and bios of the key players:

VLADIMIRO MONTESINOS

LARRY KURLANDER

ROBERT CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY

PATRICK MAUGEIN

ROQUE BENAVIDES

RONALD GAMARRA

PETER ROMERO

ANTOINE BLANCA


THE PLAYERS
Meet the players in the battle for the world's richest gold mine

THE DOCUMENTS
Text and scanned versions of documents relevant to the Yanacocha case

THE TIMELINE
The timeline of events in the the largest commercial dispute in Peruvian history

 
 

Players: Roque Benavides

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Interviews and bios of the key players:
Montesinos Kurlander Blanca Romero Benavides Crespigny Maugein Gamarra

 

Roque Benavides

Roque Benavides followed his father Alberto into the family business and has run Buenaventura, Peru's largest mining company, since 2001. From 1985 to 2001, he was the company's CFO. He was also president of the Peruvian Chamber of Commerce and, he said, a supporter of the Fujimori regime.

When asked by FRONTLINE/World about the Fujimori-Montesinos era, Benavides replied, "I am one of those that believes that people are not all good and not all bad." He said "in the government of Fujimori, there were good things that were done -- fighting against terrorism, reducing inflation, essentially attracting a lot of investment."

In 1992, Buenaventura and its French government-owned partner BRGM invited Newmont Mining to form a partnership to develop the Yanacocha Mine. Benavides told FRONTLINE/World that his company did not know at the time that Newmont Mining's No. 3 executive, Larry Kurlander, had met with spymaster Vladimiro Montesinos, and denied that Kurlander reported back to him or his father about the meeting.

Read more excerpts from the interview with Roque Benavides...

 

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