Vucic: Lithium mine requires guarantees

NEWS 24.06.202420:41 0 komentara
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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that the decision to allow lithium mining would not be taken without guarantees that the environment won’t be polluted. Pročitaj više

He told a news conference that the decision to open a lithium mine in western Serbia would not be taken quickly and added that the whole thing could be stopped in 2028, the possible year the mine could be opened. “We won’t even try to start until the Germans guarantee that we will have clean rivers and mountains, that there will be a dump which meets all European standards,” he said.

Vucic said that a discussion about lithium has to be opened in Serbia and added that “nothing will be done by force”.
He reiterated his claim (initially made two years ago) that the Jadar project to mine lithium was stopped by unnamed western security services to slow down Serbia’s development. The Rio Tinto company’s Jadar project was stopped by Ana Brnabic’s government following mass protests with state officials saying it could not be revived.

According to Vucic, Serbia does not have any more time to lose but added that “we might lose the next 10 years if the people’s view and the arguments are something we can’t accept,” he said.

The Serbian President claimed that wars would be fought over lithium in the future.

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