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NEWS

April 3, 2006

Southern Silver Set to Drill La Sorpresa
Southern Silver Exploration Corp. reported today that final targets have been selected and site preparation is underway for a 15-hole, 2500-metre drill program at the La Sorpresa project, Jalisco State , Mexico . At least eight widespread targets will be tested in a program scheduled to start early April.

The company said that diamond drilling will target two main areas of intersecting mineralized tourmaline breccias, as well as three deeper targets outlined by recently completed IP and ground magnetic geophysics. Detailed mapping of these target areas has revealed a complex system of intersecting breccia zones.

The company said the recent geophysical surveys on the property identified several widespread, near-surface chargeability highs that may be related to relatively flat-lying structures or lithology. Coincident high-chargeability and low-resistivity anomalies, which extend to greater than 200 metres depth, occur in three areas and may indicate zones of increased disseminated mineralization.

Up to six drill holes will test the down-dip and on-strike extensions of the main La Sorpresa Breccia, where sampling of the historic underground workings returned 2.1% Cu and 9g/t Ag over 32 metres (see News Release dated November 29 th , 2005). Drilling will target two sub-parallel high-angle feeder structures, a more flat-lying breccia zone in a silicified dacitic intrusion and the depth projection of the known mineralization.

Two of four holes in the West Breccia, located 600m southwest of the main La Sorpresa Breccia, will test a prominant north-south feeder which crops out for 210 metres strike along the western margin of the zone. This +10-metre-wide crackle breccia contains strong copper oxides and cuts an altered quartz monzonite intrusion containing disseminated copper oxides. Recent sampling across these zones returned up to 18.2 metres of 1.22% Cu and 56.0 metres of 0.44% Cu (see News Release dated January 9th, 2006). Two additional drill holes will test the east-west extension of the West Breccia that has been traced on surface for up to 500 metres and reaches a thickness of between 20 to 70 metres. Previous surface channel sampling in one part of this zone returned 30 metres of 0.22% Cu.

Three of the remaining drill holes will test the upper parts of deep geophysical targets identified in the recently completed IP Survey, and at least two drill holes will test possible on-strike extensions of north-south feeder structures in more poorly exposed areas.

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Rob Macdonald, (P.Geo.), is the Qualified Person responsible for reviewing the technical results reported in this release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

"Lawrence Page"
Lawrence Page, QC, President
Southern Silver Exploration Corp.

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