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First Quantum Confirms Labour Dispute at Its Kansanshi Mine in Zambia

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

First Quantum Confirms Labour Dispute at Its Kansanshi Mine in Zambia16:10 EST Wednesday, January 04, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2012) -First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM)("First Quantum" or the "Company") today confirmed that production at its Kansanshi copper/gold mine in Zambia is currently suspended due to a labour dispute which started on January 3, 2012."Every effort is being made to understand and resolve the issues behind the dispute and we will keep our stakeholders informed of developments as warranted," commented Philip Pascall, First Quantum's Chairman and CEO.On Behalf of the Board of Directors of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.G. Clive Newall, President12g3-2b-82-4461Listed in Standard and Poor'sFOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Sharon LoungFirst Quantum Minerals Ltd. - North American ContactDirector, Investor Relations(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.comORBrian CattellMaitland - United Kingdom Contact+44 207 379 5151bcattell@maitland.co.ukORJames DevasMaitland - United Kingdom Contact+44 207 379 5151+44 20 7379 6161 (FAX)jdevas@maitland.co.uk