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24 May 2022

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Mining.com

Peru: Communities affected by Las Bambas mining company optimistic about dialogue with president Castillo

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"Peru community sees ‘progress’ in resolving Las Bambas mine standoff", 24 May 2022

...The leader of a Peruvian indigenous community, whose protest led MMG’s Las Bambas copper mine to suspend operations over a month ago, said on Tuesday that “progress” has been made toward a solution to the crisis.

“We are moving forward thinking about the country at large, for the good of the mining project that is currently shut down,” Edison Vargas, the leader of the Fuerabamba community told reporters, following a meeting with President Pedro Castillo in Lima.

The tone is the most conciliatory yet on the part of Fuerabamba, a community that was displaced to make way for the construction of Las Bambas, a Chinese-owned mine...

...Vargas and government representatives said. Las Bambas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Vargas and members of the Fuerabamba and neighboring Huancuire communities entered the mine in mid-April, resettling in the lands they once owned. While villagers from Fuerabamba were evicted soon after, members of the Huancuire community have managed to remain inside the mine, preventing operations from restarting...

Fuerabamba, Huancuire and four other communities on the perimeter of Las Bambas have since grouped together in a united front, alleging the mine has not honored all of its commitments with each group...

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