Dear Madam/Sirs,

We have learnt about Newmont Mining Corporation of
Canada’s intention 
participate in Gabriel Resources (TSX: GBU) Equity
Offering by 
2.5 million units of the Rosia Montana project (RMGC).

Alburnus Maior is an NGO based in Rosia Montana (see It represents the interest of
over 350 families
from Rosia Montana and 100 families from Bucium. Local
property owners
objecting to the involuntary resettlement that RMGC's
entails founded this association in September 2000.
Alburnus Maior
opposes RMGC's 13 Mt/a opencast gold mining project on
environmental, economic and patrimonial grounds. The
campaign to save
Rosia Montana has given rise to the largest social and
movement in modern-day Romania; comprising amongst
others,  the support
of authorities and expert institutions.

‘Alburnus Maior’ attached the English version of an
article that appeared one week ago in ‘Academia
Catavencu’; an eminent Romanian weekly newspapers. It
describes how
Gabriel Resources has been conducting its business,
this via a group of
criminals. Unbelievable as this story may sound,
‘Academia Catavencu’s
reputation in investigative articles is undoubted. For
the sake of your
reputation, you would better read attentively the
attached article and
investigate this matter.

On another note, please visit and
access a
communiqué dated 31 January 2004 to read about the
Parliament's resolution on the Rosia Montana mine
development. Please also visit the 'archaeology'
section of to learn about the
unique cultural patrimony at risk of destruction by
Gabriel's Rosia Montana
mine development.

In the 'investor' section on you
will find a 
recent investor’s guide to GBU entitled 'Anticipating
Assessing Risk'. It amongst others highlights the most
environmental and cultural risks associated to the
Rosia Montana mine

Newmont Mining Corporation has recently come under a
storm of 
this in particular with regards to your disastrous
environmental and
social records. In reply you claim to be adhering to
the best existent
environmental guidelines as well as seeking a
so-called ‘social
license’. You might want to note that ‘local support
for a mining
project’ is not the same as ‘promises for jobs’.
Importantly, Newmont
Mining Corporation and Gabriel Resources have no
‘social license’ in
Rosia Montana; this due to the fact that Rosia
Montana’s largest
property owners have officially declared their refusal
to surrender
their properties for the mine project. Tasteless
linguistic mitigation
attempts from your part that aim to fade this fact
will only create 
problems for you.

Given the above we look forward to receiving an
explanation regarding
your activities in Rosia Montana, your involvement in
GBU as well as
your latest intention to purchase 2.5 million units.
We would also like
to know whether you will be investigating GBU with
regards to the
arguments raised in the attached article. 

We look forward to hearing from you and remain

Yours sincerely,

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