By Oliver Griffin
Glencore PLC (GLEN.LN) on Thursday said Congolese military have entered the area around Kamoto Copper Co.'s operations to tackle the problem of artisanal miners working illegally.
On June 27 a collapse at the Kamoto mine, which is partially owned by Glencore, killed dozens of people who the company said were there mining illegally. Reports on the exact death toll vary, with some estimates ranging as high as 43 deaths.
Anglo-Swiss company Glencore said that Kamoto Copper Co. has told Congolese forces it expects them to exercise restraint and operate in accordance with voluntary principles on security and human rights, including those related to the use of proportionate force.
Kamoto Copper Co. will continue to engage all relevant stakeholders to find a long-term solution to illegal mining in the Congo, the company said.
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