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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 &amp 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

 
 

Montesinos's Web: Documents

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State Department cable stating Montesinos's influence

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Just how far Montesinos's control had advanced is clear in this July 1999 State Department cable obtained under the Freedom of Information Act: "There is no one who stands toe-to-toe with Montesinos in the Peruvian government, and nothing the government does on intelligence, enforcement and security issues occurs without his blessing. Like it or not, he is the go-to guy, particularly [for] any major counternarcotics issue."

 

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MONTESINOS AS A POLITICAL LIABILITY ONE WOULD NOT KNOW IT FROM HIS PUBLIC STATEMENTS ABOUT HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. IN FACT, FUJIMORI IS DEPENDING ON MONTESINOS TO ENSURE HIS REELECTION. WITH A REALIGNED CABINET AND THE RETIREMENT OF GENERAL HERMOSA RIOS LATE LAST YEAR, THERE IS NO ONE WHO STANDS TOE-TO-TOE WITH MONTESINOS IN THE PERUVIAN GOVERNMENT AND NOTHING THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES ON INTELLIGENCE, ENFORCEMENT, AND SECURITY ISSUES OCCURS WITHOUT HIS BLESSING. LIKE IT OR NOT, HE IS THE GO TO GUY, SHORT OF THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF ON ANY KEY ISSUE, PARTICULARLY ANY MAJOR COUNTERNARCOTICS ISSUE.

6. © MONTESINOS OFFERS A PEACE PIPE: FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHSMONTESINOS HAS PUT OUT INFORMAL FEELERS THROUGHVARIOUS CHANNELS THAT HE WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO MEET WITHGENERAL MCCAFFREY WHENEVER AND WHEREVER, PRESUMABLY TO CLEARTHE AIR. WHILE UNTIL NOW WE HAVE FENDED OFF THOSE FEELERS,WITH THE PLANNED AUGUST VISIT TO PERU IT WILL BE TRULYIMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE MONTESINOS. TO AVOID CONTACT AND INSIST ON MONTESINOS NOT BEING PRESENT AT OFFICIAL MEETINGSWOULD COMPLETELY UNDERMINE THE VALUE OF THE VISIT. SIMPLYPUT, IF GENERAL MCCAFFREY COMES TO PERU HE MUST COME

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