Peruvian community suspends protest against Glencore’s Antapaccay mine, local leader says

LIMA, October 8 (Reuters) – An Andean community in Peru on Friday suspended a protest and blockade against Glencore’s Antapaccay mine (GLEN.L), after reaching a deal to start talks for a new agreement between the mine and the residents, said a community leader.

Residents of Espinar, Cusco, had blocked a key mining corridor since Wednesday, affecting not only Antapaccay but also Las Bambas de MMG, both among the country’s main copper producers. Peru is the world’s second largest producer of metal.

The deal was reached after talks Thursday afternoon, and following the resignation of Prime Minister Guido Bellido, who had alienated some leaders in Espinar after a visit last month.

Flavio Huanque, one of the leaders of the Espinar protests, said they expected to start a new dialogue between Antapaccay, the government and the community of Espinar next week.

Among the community’s demands, he said, are new infrastructure works and for Antappacay to acknowledge that they have caused environmental damage to the area.

A representative for Antapaccay did not immediately comment.

The agreement, seen by Reuters, said that the parties “understand that there has been a change in the cabinet of the government with new ministers, they must take a reasonable time to familiarize themselves with the realities of the communities.”

The mining corridor was blocked in September for three weeks by leaders from neighboring Chumbivilcas province, protesting against the Las Bambas mine.

Reporting by Marco Aquino Editing by Frances Kerry

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