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Meritus Minerals Ltd. Announces Ken Thorsen Appointed As Director

Vancouver, B.C.: Meritus Minerals Ltd. (OOTC:MERMF) (TSXV:MER) (MML)(TSX-V - MER) is pleased to announce that Ken Thorsen has accepted our invitation to join the board of Meritus as a non executive director.

Ken Thorsen has a BSc in Geological Engineering and is a P. Eng (Ont and B.C).

Ken commenced his long career in the mineral exploration industry in 1970 with Australian Selection Trust in Western Australia. During his three year period there he was responsible for the discovery of the Leinster Mine in 1971 (Ni Cu) and managed the project through to preliminary feasibility study.

From 1974 through 1977 he was Regional Geologist for Selco in Ontario, Canada, and was involved in several small massive sulphide discoveries in the Red Lake district.

From 1978 to 1980 he was Senior Project Geologist for SMDC (Cameco) managing exploration for base metal and uranium based out of Saskatoon.

In 1980 he joined Teck Exploration Ltd as District Manager, for Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, and was instrumental in the discovery of the Estrades massive sulphide deposit in Quebec.

In 1994 he was promoted to senior positions in Teck Corporation and in 1998 became President of Teck Exploration Ltd in charge of exploration and administration of exploration in 17 countries.

Ken retired from Teck Corporation at the end of 2001 after 21 years managing exploration in various capacities for one of the most aggressive major mining companies.

He now has his own consulting business and serves as a director on several junior exploration companies.

"We welcome Ken's decision to become a director of Meritus Minerals Ltd., said Terry Bates, President & CEO of Meritus, "his vast experience in the exploration industry, including previous involvement in Mongolia, and his numerous contacts with brokers, financial groups, and in the senior and junior mining industry will be a great benefit to Meritus. We look forward to his involvement and advice that we are sure will be of great benefit to Meritus."

Meritus Minerals Ltd (C.MER) is a mineral exploration company committed to building shareholder value through the acquisition of base and precious metal properties. For additional information, contact Richard Schnoor at 604 618-9327 (toll free 866-637-5138)

For the purpose of this release the qualified person is Terence E. Bates, MSc (Geol), the Company's Chief Executive Officer and President. All technical information in this release has been reviewed or compiled by Mr. Bates. Mr. Bates is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and is a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Meritus Minerals Ltd.

Terence E. Bates - CEO and President

For further Information please visit our website at: www.meritusminerals.com

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