Avnel Gold Continues Its Operations As Normal in Spite of Continuing Conflict in Northern Mali
01/30/2013

Avnel is a gold mining and production company operating the Kalana Gold Mines in Mali, West Africa. Avnel is a joint venture partner with IAMGOLD Corporation. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.avnelgold.com/

Online PR News – 30-January-2013 – Societe des Mines d’Or de Kalana – January 23, 2013 – Mali, West Africa – Avnel Gold Mining Ltd. – one of the leading Mali gold mining companies, is assuring its buyers, investors, employees, and the general public that it is continuing all its mining operations unhindered in spite of the continuing conflict in northern Mali.

Avnel Gold further states that since all Mali gold mining are in the far south of Mali, all mining, production, refining, and transport operations continue as normal.

Mali has been known for years as one of the bright spots of African democracy. However, in March 2012, a military coup ousted the Malian president. Due to the sudden imbalance in the government and its military forces, Tuareg rebels with Al-Qaeda Islamic extremists took advantage of the situation and slowly began occupying territory in northern Mali.

In early January, the Islamists attempted to expand out of northern Mali by taking two major towns as well as the small city of Konna.

In spite of a UN resolution calling on military aid from neighboring African countries by September, France decided to move on its own. On January 10, 2013, French land forces including the famed French Legionnaires, backed by armored cars, infantry fighting vehicles, and ground support aircraft deployed into northern Mali. Clashes with the rebels soon followed and the Islamists were driven out of the towns of Dountza, Diabaly, and the city of Konna.

On January 19, West African leaders met and decided to deploy ground forces under UN control together with French forces to drive out Islamist extremists once and for all from northern Mali.

As of this date, a total of 2,500 French soldiers and 3,000 African UN soldiers are deployed in northern Mali. French and African advisers are also in the process of retraining the Mali armed forces.

Based on these turn of events, Avnel Gold Mining can safely conclude that while it is confident that its mining operations and all West Africa gold exploration continue as normal, it also sees a bright future for Mali as a country and its people.

About Avnel Gold Mining Ltd.

Avnel is a gold mining and production company operating the Kalana Gold Mines in Mali, West Africa. Avnel is a joint venture partner with IAMGOLD Corporation. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.avnelgold.com/