Juanma Moreno says he will protect the cave of La Araña if it is called for

Entrance to new cave found in La Araña has been bricked up. image: egentes de medio ambiente de andalucia

JUANMA MORENO, the President of the Junta de Andalucia has announced his intention to protect the cave of La Araña if it is called for by experts

Last  Wednesday, August 25, Patricia Navarro, the Junta de Andalucia’s Minister of Culture, said that the cave of La Araña would have the protection “of the Environment”, even if no archaeological remains are found, while on Friday, August 27, Juanma Moreno, the president of the Junta, lowered the optimism of the groups that defend her, when he stated that, “the spirit of the Government is to protect the cave of La Araña, if the reports developed by the technicians so estimate”.

During a visit to the Eugenio Chicano exhibition at the Museum of Malaga, the president stated that the reports, “are what have to tell us exactly what value it has, from the point of view of all areas, and to what level we then have to give it protection”, adding, “what is clear is that from the Andalucian Government we are going to protect any singularity, positive aspect that we can find with this cave”, assuring that it has been “a surprising and positive finding”.

This cave was discovered on the land being worked by the FYM-Heidelberg cement plant in the La Araña quarry, with technicians from the Ministry of Culture carrying out an inspection last Wednesday in the cavern, and ss confirmed by the Junta de Andalucia itself, the result of this report should reach the Ministry early next week.

In the event that this document concludes that there are valuable architectural remains in the cavity, it would be Culture who initiates the procedures to protect the cave, otherwise, it will be the Ministry of the Environment that is in charge of determining whether there is any geological and environmental value.

FYM-Heidelberg issued a statement announcing the cessation of its activity pending the completion of the inspection tasks, in order not to deteriorate the cavity until its value to the region is determined, as reported by malagahoy.es.

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