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Wednesday 15 June, 2005

Uruguay Mineral Exp

Lascano Contract

Uruguay Mineral Exploration Inc
15 June 2005

                        URUGUAY MINERAL EXPLORATION INC.
                                 MEDIA RELEASE

15th June, 2005                                   SYMBOLS: UME (TSXV), UGY (AIM)

                        UME Signs to Fly Lascano Anomaly

Uruguay Minerals Exploration Inc ('UME') has entered into an agreement with Bell
Geospace Inc ('Bell') to fly a combined gravity/magnetics survey over the
Lascano geophysical anomaly in eastern Uruguay.  The survey, which will cover an
area of 75 km x 20 km, will cost approximately US$1.2 m and is expected to start
in September 2005.

The Lascano geophysical anomaly is a continental-scale gravity feature, which
has an associated, offset magnetic signature on it's north western flank.  Due
to the large size of the anomaly, UME considers that the most effective way to
resolve it into manageably sized, drillable 'targets' is to use Bell's
state-of-the-art Air-FTG(c) technology.

There is virtually no surface expression of the underlying basement rocks, and
hence little is known about the cause of either the gravity or magnetic
anomalies.  Due to the thick cover (approximately 40 metres of alluvial
material), limited previous exploration work has been undertaken, with
geochemical surveys of little use, and worthwhile detailed geophysical surveys
yet to be undertaken.  An image and further information can be found at

UME drilled one hole on the Lascano target in 2003, which revealed that the
underlying sequence comprises andesites and picritic basalts.  This hole was
drilled on a magnetic feature and did not test the gravity target.

The objective of the current survey is to provide high-resolution magnetic and
gravity data that can be drill-tested in a cost-and time-effective manner.
Follow-up testing is planned for early in the 2006/7 fiscal year.


The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for
the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Editors note: Uruguay Mineral Exploration Inc. is a gold producer and
exploration company focussed on identifying and developing mineral opportunities
in Uruguay.  UME is a fully integrated mining company, possessing the skills
necessary to explore and develop its discoveries. The Company operates the only
producing gold mine in the country (San Gregorio), and is also the leading
mineral exploration company in Uruguay having assembled an exploration portfolio
based on gold, base metals (copper, nickel, lead, zinc) and diamond prospects.
In the first half of 2003, the Company discovered the Arenal deposit, currently
the largest known gold resource in Uruguay.  It is quoted in Canada (TSXV) and
London (AIM) and Panmure Gordon & Co. is the nominated adviser.

For further information, please contact

Uruguay Mineral Exploration Inc.
Tony Shearer, Chairman + 44 20 7523 5914;
Chris Clark, President +59 82 601 6354;
PJ Lewis + 44 7950 003 138;

Panmure Gordon & Co.
Mathew Robinson +44 207 459 3600
Jonathan Retter +44 207 459 3600

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