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Erdoy-an favors Israeli mining company over Turkish rival.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Although the government has been denying boosting trade with Israel, an Israeli mining company recently obtained a license for mineral exploration in Turkey, Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Mustafa Destici has claimed.

Speaking to a private TV channel on Thursday, Destici said it is a great contradiction that the government harshly criticizes Israel over its policy in Palestine during political rallies but then gives an Israeli firm a permit to explore for gold in Central Anatolia, and when the licenses of several local mining companies have been suspended for political reasons.

In an example of the government's widespread pressure on dissident voices in the political arena or the business world, the activities of mining company Koza Altyn A.E[currency]., which belongs to Akyn ypek, the owner of leading media outlets critical of the government, were halted in 2013.

Koza Altyn had its activities halted in the Ecukuralan goldmine, one of the company's major goldmines, on Dec. 31, 2013. In addition, the company's activities were halted in the Mastra mine in GE-mE-E-hane province, the Kaymaz mine in EskiE-ehir province and the Himmetdede mine in Kayseri province in the same month. Although operations in the Ecukuralan goldfield were resumed on Jan. 14, 2014, the other mines remained inactive, leaving thousands of workers jobless.

In an apparent move to compensate for losses that the company had been suffering due to increasing government pressure at home, Koza Altyn A.E[currency]. announced on April 1 of last year that it had established a subsidiary in the UK.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Feb 5, 2015
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