Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. Retains Manager for Molejon Gold Mine

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    TSX: PTQ
    FWB: P7Z

    VANCOUVER, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. ("Petaquilla"
or the "Company") today announced the appointment of Mr. Gaston A. Araya to
the position of Construction and Production Manager of the Molejon gold mine.
    Mr. Araya brings over 38 years of mining experience in both underground
and surface mining. He was previously Vice President Operations for Glencairn
Gold Corporation (now Central Sun Mining Inc.), for which he oversaw
operations and projects at various sites in Central America, and General
Manager and Chief Operating Officer for Mayan Gold Inc. with operations in
    Petaquilla is very pleased Mr. Araya with his background in environmental
management from pre-opening to mine closure and with senior management
experience in Operations and Maintenance as well as in community, government
and union relations has joined the Company as it advances towards production
at Molejon.
    With the addition of Gaston Araya to Petaquilla's team, the Company looks
forward to a smooth transition from the construction phase of the Molejon Gold
plant to production this year.

    About Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. - Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. is an emerging
gold producer scheduled to bring its 100%-owned Molejon Gold Project into
production in 2008. Anticipated throughput for the project during the first
year of production will be 2200 tonnes per day. The plant will utilize three
ball mills and a carbon-in-pulp processing facility.

                   On behalf of the Board of Directors of
                           PETAQUILLA MINERALS LTD.

                                Richard Fifer
                    President and Chief Executive Officer

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For further information:

For further information: Petaquilla Minerals Ltd., (604) 694-0021; Fax:
(604) 694-0063, Toll-free: 1-877-694-0021,; Renmark
Financial Communications Inc.: Jason Roy:; Josh
Rivard:; Media - Vanessa Napoli:; (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717,

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