100712PANGUNA TO OPEN
By Aloysius Laukai
The three stakeholders in the Panguna Mine issue last week agreed to work together towards consensus on re-opening the mine closed since 1989.
This was revealed by ABG President Chief JOHN MOMIS in Buka today.
He said that last week’s meeting agreed that if the mine does re-open it must be primarily for the benefit of all Bougainvilleans.
Also it must be entirely under a new mining agreement that must ensure that the world’s best practices are followed by whoever is selected as the new operator.
President Chief JOHN MOMIS said that BCL and the Papua New Guinea Government have already agreed that any Panguna negotiations must involve the ABG and the landowners.
He said that last week’s meeting also agreed that negotiations must be based on principles of fairness, integrity and transparency.
Chief JOHN MOMIS also said that the landowners also agreed that because of the suffering during the Bougainville conflict all Bougainvilleans interest must be taken into account in all negotiations.