Amazon Discontinues Terra Branca Diamond Project



    
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    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Amazon Mining Holding plc ("Amazon" or the
"Company") (AMZ: TSX-V) has elected to discontinue Terra Branca Diamond
Project ("Terra Branca") located in Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
    Amazon's Board of Directors has determined that given adverse market
conditions, the Company has chosen not to exercise its option to acquire Terra
Branca. Amazon has ceased all ongoing property payments, returning control to
the underlying owner. The Company reports that attempts to vend or joint
venture Terra Branca to a third party have been significantly hampered by poor
market conditions.
    Under the terms of the Terra Branca option agreement, Amazon was due to
pay $900,000 in August 2008 with a further $2,000,000 in subsequent staged
payments. Prospective project economics have weakened markedly since
commencement of the option agreement. The diamond market has seen little to no
change in the US dollar price for small to medium sized diamonds whilst the
currency (Brazilian Real) measured against the US dollar has appreciated
considerably. In addition, continuing weak market acceptance of alluvial
diamond projects deems it prudent to cease ongoing property payments further
protecting shareholder funds at this time.
    Amazon confirms that subsequent to this announcement, the Company will no
longer hold any properties or exploration tenements requiring staged payment
obligations. Amazon has staked its Madeira property and is the sole owner of
those mineral rights.
    Commenting, President & CEO Cristiano Veloso, said: "Despite our share
price performance, Amazon retains a strong treasury and a demonstrable ability
to identify noteworthy opportunities in Brazil. We view the Company as being
in an advantageous position in the small capitalization exploration peer
group. The continuation of challenging market conditions will afford new and
exciting opportunities".

    About Amazon

    Amazon is a mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture
Exchange engaged in acquiring and developing gold exploration properties in
Brazil. Its strategic focus is to acquire projects with demonstrated potential
for hosting economic gold deposits and to define resources through exploration
and drilling campaigns. Amazon's current cash position is approximately
C$9.3 million.

    
    On behalf of the Board of Directors of Amazon Mining Holding Plc,

    Cristiano Veloso, President & Chief Executive Officer
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    PRESS RELEASE CONTAINS CERTAIN "FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS", WHICH
    INCLUDE BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, STATEMENTS WITH RESPECT TO THE FUTURE
    FINANCIAL OR OPERATING PERFORMANCE OF THE COMPANY, ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND
    ITS PROJECTS, STATEMENTS REGARDING USE OF PROCEEDS, EXPLORATION
    PROSPECTS, IDENTIFICATION OF MINERAL RESERVES, COSTS OF AND CAPITAL FOR
    EXPLORATION PROJECTS, EXPLORATION EXPENDITURES, TIMING OF FUTURE
    EXPLORATION AND PERMITTING, REQUIREMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL CAPITAL,
    GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS OF MINING OPERATIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS,
    RECLAMATION EXPENSES, TITLE DISPUTES OR CLAIMS, AND LIMITATIONS OF
    INSURANCE COVERAGE. FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS CAN GENERALLY BE
    IDENTIFIED BY THE USE OF WORDS SUCH AS "PLANS", "EXPECTS", OR "DOES NOT
    EXPECT" OR "IS EXPECTED", "ANTICIPATES" OR "DOES NOT ANTICIPATE", OR
    "BELIEVES", "INTENDS", "FORECASTS", "BUDGET", "SCHEDULED", "ESTIMATES" OR
    VARIATIONS OF SUCH WORDS OR PHRASES OR STATE THAT CERTAIN ACTIONS, EVENT,
    OR RESULTS "MAY", "COULD", "WOULD", "MIGHT", OR "WILL BE TAKEN", "OCCUR"
    OR "BE ACHIEVED". FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS INVOLVE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN
    RISKS, UNCERTAINTIES AND OTHER FACTORS WHICH MAY CAUSE THE ACTUAL
    RESULTS, PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE COMPANY TO BE MATERIALLY
    DIFFERENT FROM ANY FUTURE RESULTS, PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENTS EXPRESSED
    OR IMPLIED BY SAID STATEMENTS. THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCES THAT FORWARD-
    LOOKING STATEMENTS WILL PROVE TO BE ACCURATE, AS ACTUAL RESULTS AND
    FUTURE EVENTS COULD DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE ANTICIPATED IN SAID
    STATEMENTS. ACCORDINGLY, READERS SHOULD NOT PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE ON
    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS.

    Readers are cautioned not to rely solely on the summary of such
    information contained in this release and are directed to the complete
    set of drill results posted on Amazon's website (www.amazonplc.com) and
    filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and any future amendments to such. Readers
    are also directed to the cautionary notices and disclaimers contained
    herein.
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For further information:

For further information: Cristiano Veloso, President & Chief Executive
Officer, Tel: +44 (0) 20 8133 7607, Fax: +44(0)20 7405 7773, Email:
cv@amazonplc.com OR Jed Richardson, VP Corporate Development, Tel: (416)
866-2966, Fax: (416) 867-9393, Email: jed@amazonplc.com, www.amazonplc.com

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