It was agreed to suspend operations against mini-dredgers between six and eight inches.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy recently reported the lifting of the blockade that remained on the road that connects Medellin with the Caribbean Coast. There, communities of artisanal miners were protesting the operations that the authorities have carried out against illegal mining.
Thanks to the dialogues and the conclusion of some agreements, in which representatives of the Ministries of Defense, the Interior and Mines and Energy participated, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, the flow on the road returns to normal.
“One of the main points of the agreement reached, after four days of blocking this important national road, was to form a dialogue table between miners from the Bajo Cauca region, the Ombudsman, local administrations, the Government of Antioquia and the National Government. ”, reported the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
Leaders of associations of small miners from Bajo Cauca Antioquia also participated; the mayors of the municipalities of Cáceres, Tarazá and Caucasia; the Government of Antioquia; the senator of Historical Pact, Isabel Cristina Zuleta, and the representative to the Chamber, Jhon Jairo González; the Ombudsman’s Office and the National Army, among other actors and entities.
The mining strike is lifted.
For #BajoCauca in peace, an institutional framework that recognizes and respects the mining ancestry of the territory.
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This portfolio specified that it was agreed to suspend operations against mini-dredgers between six and eight inches. as well as small engines, until a protocol is created that makes it possible to identify and characterize the technology, machines and chemical substances authorized for artisanal mining.
For the Minister Irene Velezdialogue has been key to reaching agreements with the mining sector, in addition to being the vehicle that allows progress in the formalization of traditional miners and small-scale mining.
The head of portfolio also extended her thanks to each of the social and environmental leaders who participated in this day of negotiations.
“Another point of the agreement was the Government’s commitment to promote a binding dialogue for the construction of the proposal for the Reform of the Mining Code, in which the proposals of the miners of the Bajo Cauca region are taken into account.
Similarly, an accompaniment was arranged by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the National Mining Agency and the Government of Antioquia, to carry out the procedures related to the formalization and application for titling, among other points”, concluded the ministry.
New blocking attempts
After the agreements, blockades were registered again on the road. The governor of Antioquia, Aníbal Gaviria, reported that the authorities were present at the scene and managed to guarantee the flow, again.
“From the Government of Antioquia we say that we are always open to dialogue, but on the condition that the de facto paths are not reached and that those paths are not violent, as they have been. The protesters who closed the roads are responsible, among other things, for the death of a minor who crashed into the barricades they had established. We ask that there be no violence, that there be no blockages and that what was agreed in the dialogues be complied with,” the official told Noticias Caracol.
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