New task force to monitor truce between Las Bambas and Peruvian indigenous communities

The protest was launched in mid-April by the communities of Fuerabamba and Huancuire, who claim that Las Bambas has not honored all of its commitments to them. Both communities sold land to the company to make way for the mine, which opened in 2016.

The Chila, Choaquere, Chuicuni and Pumamarca communities joined later and all six will now be part of the new committee, which will operate under the aegis of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM). A representative of Las Bambas will also be part of the group, as well as a representative of the Cusco ombudsman’s office and the ministers of energy and mines, environment, justice and human rights, women and vulnerable populations, agricultural development and irrigation, health and education. .

According to Ministerial Resolution No. 182-2022-PCM, the committee will be responsible for establishing the procedures and timetable for each party to meet the commitments it has made and to evaluate the results of the actions taken to honor these commitments.

Among the issues agreed upon is a promise by the community of Huancuire not to protest again inside the mine property, while Las Bambas said it would halt construction of its new open-pit mine in Chalcobamba, which should be located on land previously owned by Huancuire.

The company also said it will assess and restructure leadership positions dealing with negotiations with local communities, as community leaders say they stoke social conflict.

The working group must be set up within the next 10 days, will be active for 60 days from the day of its installation and must also establish six sub-groups which will be responsible for implementing the specific agreements related to each of the communities. involved in the negotiations.

The initial 60-day period can be extended for an additional two months, but once the allotted time expires, the working group only has 30 days to submit a final report to the PCM.

Peru is the world’s second largest producer of copper and the Chinese company Las Bambas is one of the world’s largest producers of the red metal, accounting for 1% of the Andean country’s gross domestic product.