TODAYSZAMAN.COM – Minister slams ‘natural disaster’ statement, says firm responsible

Minister slams ‘natural disaster’ statement, says firm responsibleIn a strong reaction to a statement earlier today by the operator of a mine in Karaman where 18 miners are still trapped, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner YIldIz said the firm andldquocannot evade responsibility with such comments.andrdquoandldquoI am sorry, but what does this [firmand#39s statement] have to do with the mine accident? andhellip This is not a natural disaster, not an earthquake, and there is negligence if you could have fixed things but did not,andrdquo YIldIz told reporters late on Thursday.

YIldIz said the firmand#39s statement was aimed at evading charges, adding however that andldquoall measures will be taken to punish those responsible.andrdquoThe mine operating company, Has Iekerler Madencilik, gave its first statement early on Thursday, three days after the incident occurred.

It said a andldquonatural disasterandrdquo was responsible for the flood, which occurred even though andldquoit took all the safety measures requiredandrdquo and that andldquoit appears to be a natural disaster, according to what eyewitnesses have reported.andrdquo.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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