Burkina Faso says Paris court dismissed $2.2 bln claim over manganese mine contract

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A Paris court has dismissed a $2.2 billion (R31.56 billion) claim against Burkina Faso lodged by firms in businessman Frank Timis's Pan African Minerals Group in a dispute over one of the world’s largest manganese mines, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

The arbitration court found that "the termination of the contract by Burkina was valid and justified in law," spokesman Remi Dandjinon said in a statement.

"For the Burkinabe government, this is satisfactory because it allows us to regain control of the deposit."

Pan African Minerals Group did not immediately respond to requests for comment.