CAO fails to reduce conflict in Peru

15 December 2006

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A report by Friends of the Earth finds that the ’roundtable dialogue’ set up by the World Bank’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) has been unable to fulfil its objectives to intervene effectively in conflicts between the IFC-supported Yanacocha mine company (see Updates 42, 53) and affected communities in Cajamarca, Peru. Local groups have asked for the roundtable’s dissolution on the grounds that it lacks independence and has been manipulated by mining company interests. The independence of the CAO was immediately doubted due to its association with the IFC and the mining company.