La Quinta Resources Corporation

La Quinta Resources Corporation

April 17, 2007 09:35 ET

La Quinta Starts Work on Kampene Gold Project in Democratic Republic of Congo

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 17, 2007) - La Quinta Resources Corp ("La Quinta or LAQ") (TSX VENTURE:LAQ) is pleased to announce that it has now completed and signed a formal Amodiation Agreement with AMIKI (Association Miniere du Kivu sprl) to lease, or acquire all of the Exploration and Exploitation rights of AMIKI on the Kampene Project in Maniema Province. (See NR 07-03 dated February 20th 2007.) The Kampene project includes an Exploration Licence covering 33.83 square kilometres of a prolific prior gold producing area, which also includes an area of 14.47 square kilometres covered by a Small Miner's Licence allowing La Quinta to mine and sell all mineral products from the Licence area including Gold, Silver, Coltan, (Columbite and Tantalite,) Cassiterite.

Kampene has a long history of extensive mineral production dating back to the 1940's and the Belgian era, when mineral production for Gold, Cassiterite and Coltan formed the economic basis for the formation of the Town of Kampene, complete with its power plant, airstrip, schools churches and hospital. The Amodiation agreement is for a term of 10 years renewable as the DRC Code Minier allows; includes an annual property rental of US$100,000 payable in advance; and a 1.5% Net Smelter Return, (NSR) with a provision to buy out the Lease, including the NSR for US$2 million after 5 years.

La Quinta has mobilised its first employees to work on this project with its newly hired Logistics and Project Superintendent Philippe Nicholas travelling to Congo last weekend, to commence set up of an exploration camp at Kampene. The Company expect to have geologists working on site within a month and would hope to have drill ready targets ready by the end of the summer.

Malcolm Swallow the Company's Chairman commented: "We are delighted to have started work on Kampene and to have our first employee in Congo, Philippe Nicholas, working with WB Kasai our local partners, on the Kampene Gold Project. His prior experience in Logistics, Project Management and Loss Control for First Quantum and Anvil Mining Congo in DRC, means that we will be able to get off to a rapid and focussed start on our exploration program on Kampene. We also expect Philippe and WBK to complement each other while examining the potential for early production from the project using the Small Miners Exploitation permit area to generate early Cashflow from the project."

The Kampene Project lies adjacent to a 7,010 square kilometre licence area for gold exploration owned by Wa Balengela Kasai-Investments Congo sprl, ("WB. Kasai, or WBK") which is the subject of a separate MOU between LAQ and WBK and is currently in the Due Diligence process. (See LAQ Press Releases 06-10 August 28th 2006 and PR: 06-18, October 23rd 2006.) The AMIKI Amodiation is subject to approval of the TSX:V. As part of the AMIKI MOU La Quinta will pay to WBK, a Finders Fee of 250,000 shares spread over the first two years of the Agreement. Further discussion of the new initiative by La Quinta Resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo can be found on the Company's web site at

Malcolm Swallow, a Director of the Company, is a Vancouver based Mining Engineer, (B.Sc. - Hons. Mining Engineering - Imperial College, London,) with over 35 years operating and management experience in the Industry. He is an Associate of the Royal School of Mines, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Engineer in the UK. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Canada and acted as the Qualified Person for this news release and has visited both Kampene and other properties in the 7,010 square kilometres WBK licence area.

On Behalf of the board

Malcolm JA Swallow, Chairman and CEO

SEC 12G file # 82-35061

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