|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Bolivia

Bolivian Miners Settle Dispute with Colquiri Mining Company

LA PAZ – The groups of Bolivian miners vying for control of the Andean Colquiri mine reached an agreement that resolves their conflict by arriving at a division of its richest ore vein, Government Minister Carlos Romero said Sunday.

The agreement, which was reached on Saturday night, is “historic” and the leaders of the miners working for the state and the private cooperatives acted with “serenity and maturity” and decided to work together to exploit the disputed deposits of zinc and tin, Romero said.

The Union Federation of Mineworkers of Bolivia, or FSTMB, whose workers are employed by the state, dropped its demand for the entire Colquiri mine to be solely controlled by the government and agreed for a part of its best vein of metals be exploited by the workers of the Federation of Mining Cooperatives, or Fencomin.

The Colquiri mine was expropriated in June by President Evo Morales from the Swiss firm Glencore and since then it has been the target of a confrontation between those two mining sectors that worsened over the past three weeks with a number of violent incidents.

The first point of the accord establishes the commitment of the groups to recover “the coexistence in peace and harmony of the entire population of Colquiri,” located 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of La Paz, where mutual threats of new clashes had been made.

An FSTMB miner died 12 days ago and several others were injured when demonstrators from the private cooperatives threw dynamite charges at a union office in La Paz, but so far who was responsible for the death has not been definitively clarified.

The Bolivian Workers Central, or COB, supported with a partial strike lasting 72 hours the FSTMB miners and had warned that it would call for an open-ended strike and a march from the altiplano, or high plateau, region to La Paz if the Morales administration accepted the cooperative members’ demand to give them Colquiri’s richest vein to exploit.

The COB leadership, however, hailed the agreement to put an end to the conflict and reduce the tension at the mine, which the FSTMB miners were continuing to occupy as they awaited their leaders’ reports on the signing of the accord.

The cooperative members asked the government to return to the mine on Sunday when the other group fully demobilizes.


 

 

Xbox Live Gratuit
Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2009 © All rights reserved