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First Quantum Minerals Announces Chief Financial Officer's Resignation

Friday, August 12, 2011

First Quantum Minerals Announces Chief Financial Officer's Resignation06:15 EDT Friday, August 12, 2011VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2011) -First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company") (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) today announced that its Chief Financial Officer, Mark Bolton, has advised the Company of his resignation from his position in order to pursue personal business opportunities. The Company has commenced an executive search to replace Mr. Bolton, who will continue in the role of Chief Financial Officer in order to facilitate the transition.On Behalf of the Board of Directors of First Quantum Minerals Ltd. G. Clive Newall, President12g3-2b-82-4461Listed in Standard and Poor's For further information visit our web site at www.first-quantum.com.Certain information contained in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements or information, including but not limited to those with respect to the prices of gold, copper, cobalt and sulphuric acid, estimated future production, estimated costs of future production, the Company's hedging policy and permitting time lines, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. Such factors include, among others, the actual prices of copper, gold, cobalt and sulphuric acid, the factual results of current exploration, development and mining activities, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be evaluated, as well as those factors disclosed in the Company's documents filed from time to time with the Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario Securities Commissions, the Autorité des marchés financiers in Quebec, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the London Stock Exchange.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Sharon LoungFirst Quantum Minerals Ltd. - North American contact(647) 346-3934 or Toll Free: 1 (888) 688-6577(604) 688-3818 (FAX)sharon.loung@fqml.comORClive NewallFirst Quantum Minerals Ltd. - United Kingdom contactPresident+44 140 327 3484+44 140 327 3494 (FAX)clive.newall@fqml.comwww.first-quantum.comOR+44 207 379 5151Brian Cattell/James Devas, Maitland+44 20 7379 6161 (FAX)jdevas@maitland.co.uk / bcattell@maitland.co.uk