The protests in Apurímac could be reactivated in 5 days, since the communities of OutbambaHuancuire, Chila, Choaquere, Pumamarca and Chuicuni gave the Government and the mining company Las Bambas a new deadline, until August 1, to meet their demands.
Through a statement The residents described the development of the technical tables installed on June 9 as disastrous. These were carried out for a month as part of the truce that was given to suspend the social conflict and the state of emergency in the area. Now the representatives of these six communities demand that their new petitions be included in the dialogue process; however, they are not specified.
Resolution 182-2022-PCM issued to outline the dialogue would be the reason for the discrepancy. “Maliciously and without consulting, the Executive Power, after the installation of the dialogue spaces, issued the resolution (…) that illegitimately restricts the framework of action of the dialogue tables to the sole review of bilateral commitments assumed by the Las Bambas mining company with our communities”, they explain.
Edison Vargas, president of the Fuerabamba community, affirms that there are no results from the dialogue and that the community members will decide what actions they will take.
Although Las Bambas is one of the largest copper mines in the world, this year it was 50 days without production, so from January to May it accumulated a 29.3% reduction in its metal production, compared to the same period. of 2021.
Yesterday, the financial director of the company indicated that it has a new strategy to continue negotiations with the communities. “We will try to look at annual and royalty schemes where payments continue for several years,” Ross Carroll, chief financial officer of MMG Ltd., told Reuters.
It must be considered that the mining company has made economic payments to some communities, with priority to those closest to the operations; however, there are others who have not received anything.