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Wed, 08 May 2019 13:38 - Updated Wed, 08 May 2019 13:39

Operation Transparency focuses on Longonjo's rare-earth metal protection

Huambo - The Longonjo municipality-based mineral reserve in central Huambo Province, which has 23 billion tonnes of rare-earth metal, will be subject to a special attention by the ongoing Operation Transparency.

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Commissioner António Bernardo

Photo: António Escrivão

This was pledged on Tuesday by the operation’s spokesperson, Commissioner António Bernardo, at the end of an operative meeting of the advanced command of Operation transparency.

The police chief also explained that the state will create the necessary conditions to guarantee the security of this strategic mineral for the development of the country, adding that the goal of the operation, which started September 25 of 2018, is to combat illegal trafficking of strategic minerals and illegal migration.

According to the operation spokesperson, the Lonjongo-based mineral reserve has capital influence in the development of the country, reason why a special attention is being paid to this zone, alike other diamond, gold and mineral exploitation areas.

Operation Transparency, launched in September 2018, is essentially intended to fight illegal immigration, illegal exploration of diamonds and put a stop to environmental crimes committed in the ambit of irregular prospecting of minerals.

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