PPK to visit Tambo valley to try to resolve Tia Maria impasse
04 December 2016
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has announced that he intends to visit Cocachacra, in the Tambo valley, in order to discuss with farmers possible solutions to their water problems. In an interview with Radio Programas (RPP) he said that he will go there not “to push propaganda but to listen to people in the valley”. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-mining-idUSKBN13R1QR
As well as suffering from water shortages, the valley’s farmers have led the offensive against the plans of Southern Copper (a subsidiary of Grupo México) to develop the giant Tía María open cast copper mine nearby. This, the farmers say, will further accentuate water shortages and lead to pollution of their crops.
Several people have been killed in protests since 2011 against Southern Copper’s plans at Tía María. Energy and Mines Minister Gonzalo Tamayo has criticised Southern for not doing more to improve community relations. “If they continue doing the same thing we probably won’t reach a resolution” to the conflict, he is quoted as saying at the CADE meeting in Paracas.