9 Feb 2011

Panguna landowner upset at lack of consultation by Bougainville President

7:47 pm on 9 February 2011

A Landowner leader in Panguna has criticised the bid by the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government to secure the transferral of the PNG shareholding interest in Bougainville Copper Ltd to ABG.

Leaders from the six Panguna mine lease associations being established agreed in November that landowners should have a stake in the national government's share in BCL.

The chairman of the Upper Tailings mine lease association, Michael Pariu, says President John Momis failed to consult landowners before approaching PNG's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare on the issue.

"The Papua New Guinea government owns a nineteen percent share and we as the landowners, we'd like to have that. But Momis is going ahead to grab that for the ABG which is the whole region of Bougainville. But we landowners want that share because of the environmental damage and past experiences we've had. Even if ABG is to be given part, it's to be given by the landowners."

Michael Pariu