Guyana Amerindians sign $10M deal for land titles

Amerindians sign $10M deal with Guyana government for land title project

Guyana Amerindians sign $10M deal for land titles

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- Guyana's Amerindian community has signed a $10 million deal with the government to help secure land titles, but concerns remain about how the boundaries are being drawn in the South American country.

The Amerindian People's Association accuses state surveyors of arbitrarily drawing boundaries because of rough terrain, as well as reluctance to work in malaria-infested areas.

Director Jean LaRose said Tuesday that boundaries are overlapping and causing problems between tribes.

Presidential spokesman Kwame McKoy denied the accusations, saying that surveyors are working hard on the project.

The project is expected to benefit more than 75,000 Amerindians from nine recognized tribes who live in jungle and mountain communities. It's expected to be completed next year and is being financed with help from the United Nations and Norway.

Updated : 2021-03-07 14:40 GMT+08:00