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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said the government is considering allowing mining activity in restricted areas such as indigenous lands and Brazil’s border areas, currently restricted to economic activities.

"The restrictions applied to these areas have not favored their development. On the contrary, they have become the focus of conflicts and illegal activities that contribute nothing to their sustainable development and to national sovereignty and security," argued Albuquerque during Brazilian Mining Day in Toronto, Canada, on Monday.

Albuquerque however said the process of opening up land . . .

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