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Brazil's Usiminas confident about accessing mining unit funds

BRASILIA, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas is confident it will be able to access funds from its mining subsidiary, a move that was blocked by one of its shareholders, the company's chief executive said on Friday.

Speaking on a call with analysts, CEO Rômel de Souza said negotiations with shareholder Sumitomo Corp, which owns 30 percent of the Mineração Usiminas SA subsidiary, are ongoing.

(Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer)