Fortuna receives final permit for the construction and operation of the San
Jose Project, Mexico

VANCOUVER, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (TSX.V: FVI / Lima Exchange: FVI) is pleased to announce that the "Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales" (Mexican Environmental Agency) has approved the Company's application for a change of land use from agricultural to industrial for the San Jose silver-gold project, located in the southern State of Oaxaca, Mexico.

This is the final permit required to commence construction activities and complements the Environmental Impact Study, which was approved in late October 2009. The initiation of construction activities is now within Fortuna's sole discretion and is planned for the first quarter of 2010.

A pre-feasibility study covering all pre-construction engineering projects for the mine, processing plant and supporting infrastructure is scheduled to be completed by January 2010.

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Fortuna is a growth oriented, silver and base metal producer focused on mining opportunities in Latin America. Our primary assets are the Caylloma Silver Mine in southern Peru and the San Jose Silver-Gold Project in Mexico. The Company is selectively pursuing additional acquisition opportunities. For more information, please visit our website at www.fortunasilver.com.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

    
    Jorge Ganoza
    President, CEO and Director
    Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

    Symbol: TSX.V: FVI / Lima Exchange: FVI
    

SOURCE Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

For further information: For further information: Investor Relations: Lima office: Carlos Baca - Tel: 51.1.616.6060; Vancouver office: Erin Ostrom - Tel: (604) 484-4085

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