April 18, 2008 / 7:26 PM / 11 years ago

Ecuador order halts operations of key mining firms

QUITO, April 18 (Reuters) - Ecuador’s suspension of exploration mining activity will halt operations of Aurelian Resources ARU.TO, Corriente Resources CTQ.TO and IamGold (IMG.TO) , said the head of a special assembly on Friday.

“This is immediate and no activity whatsoever will be allowed in the concessions of these these companies,” Assembly head Alberto Acosta told Reuters in a telephone interview.

He also said he plans to introduce a motion to call for a national referendum to ban open-pit mining for metals in Ecuador. (Reporting by Alonso Soto)

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