Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday expressed his administration's willingness for dialogue
to resolve differences over the Tia Maria mining project
expected to be developed in southern Arequipa region.
However, Executive Branch spokespersons warned that —even though the license has been issued— this does not mean the mining company can begin operations. It needs to earn —through dialogue
— a social license first.
Locals in Cocachacra district belonging to Islay Province (Arequipa region) today announced the decision to go on an indefinite strike from July 15 to protest against the issuance of this license.
For its part, the mining company
committed itself not to start operations before setting up a dialogue
space to resolve social concerns.