Peru’s Ombudsman Calls for Government Commission to Negotiate With Indigenous Protesters

18 Sep 2015 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
LIMA, Peru

Peru’s Ombudsman this week urged the government to immediately form a commission to negotiate with leaders of the indigenous Achuar community, who have seized oil wells in the country’s northern Loreto region this month to pressure the government to compensate them for pollution caused by petroleum operations on their lands. The protesters have shut down operations at oil block 192, which is operated by Argentinian company Pluspetrol, and the Andoas airfield. They were demanding clean water, compensation for oil pollution and more pay for the use of native land.In a statement on September 17th, the Ombusdman’s Office said that the commission should work to reach an agreement with the Achuar to establish the basic conditions for dialogue...

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