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05 September 2017


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Bougainville Freedom Movement

As stated in an ABC news report on 4 May 2017, "BCL was owned by Rio Tinto, but the mining giant gave its shareholding to the PNG Government and to the Autonomous Bougainville Government.
The PNG Government said it would then give its shareholding to unspecified landowners in Bougainville, creating uncertainty about who the company must deal with and leaving the Bougainville Government without a controlling stake.
Mr Hitchcock the BCL secretary said that has created another problem to be resolved."
Also, BCL chairman Robert Burns stated on the BCL website (10 August 2017) that he "acknowledged that a dispute over the chairmanship of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA) needed to find a timely and satisfactory resolution that represented the best interests of its members, other landowners in the project areas and the people of Bougainville more broadly.

He noted that the matter is currently before the Waigani National Court.

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