INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

Barro Blanco dialogue to resume Thursday

Chief Silvia Carrera said the position has not changed in regard to the hydroelectric project.

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The dialogue about the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project will continue Thursday, though indigenous leaders say their opposition to the work has not wavered.

The talks are being resumed at the urging of the Catholic Church through Cardinal José Luis Lacunza.

Chief Silvia Carrera said that the project, which is 95 percent complete, needs to be demolished to protect indigenous communities along the Tabasara River.

"This is our position, but we are willing to talk," Carrera said.

Lacunza said that the two sides "have to keep trying" and said the protests against the project should remain peaceful.

Indigenous protesters have blocked workers from entering the site. They have also threatened to begin hunger strikes if the project is not called off and the dam destroyed.

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