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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: Antoine Blanca

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

 

Antoine Blanca

Antoine Blanca was the French ambassador to Peru between 1997 and 2001. He lived in the United States from 1993 to 1996, serving as the French ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.

Before taking up his position as the French ambassador to Peru, Blanca was briefed about the Yanacocha mine dispute by President Chirac. Blanca says that because it involved BRGM, a French state-owned entity, the dispute was the president's "main preoccupation" in Peru at the time.

In an interview with FRONTLINE/World, Blanca acknowledges that as ambassador, he was advocating for BRGM. He told FRONTLINE/World that the U.S. ambassador was also very active in the case, as were dozens of U.S. State Department employees. Blanca claimed it was his duty as French ambassador to defend the interests of BRGM, a company directly under the control of the French government (its president and director general were government appointees). Blanca said he was convinced that Montesinos "rigged" the vote for the Americans and pointed to the 1998 video of a meeting between Montesinos and Judge Jaime Beltrán as evidence.

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