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AMC denies Global Witness's report it is fuelling conflict in DRC

July 21, 2009 - 12:46 GMT Location: London

KEYWORDS: Amalgamated Metal Corporation , AMC , Thailand Smelting & Refining Co , Thaisarco , tin , cassiterite , coltan , ITRI , ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative

Amalgamated Metal Corporation (AMC) has denied claims made by Global Witness, a non-governmental organisation, that it is fuelling conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

In a report entitled Faced with a gun, what can you do?, Global Witness, a non-government organisation (NGO), said European and Asian companies, including AMC's subsidiary Thailand Smelting & Refining Co (Thaisarco), have been buying minerals from the DRC and in doing so have helped fund armed groups and fuel conflict. UK-based Afrimex and Belgium-based Trademet were named by Global Witness in the same context. "AMC and Thaisarco have the objective… of improving the visibility and traceability of the supply chain in order to ensure that warring groups do not benefit from the trade," AMC said on Tuesday. Many mining areas in eastern DRC are controlled by rebel forces and the national army, who "violently exploit civilians to retain access to valuable minerals, including...

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