13 Jun 2013

Pre-conditions need to be met before Panguna reopens - landowner

5:07 am on 13 June 2013

Despite reports in the Papua New Guinea media that negotiations to re-open the huge Panguna mine on Bougainville are ready to start, a landowner leader says there are a number of pre-conditions that must be met first.

Lawrence Daveona has just been made the chair of an umbrella group representing the six land lease associations in the area affected by the mine.

He says the first of these pre-requisites is that each of these bodies be properly funded to undertake their work keeping their members informed.

Mr Daveona says the associations need money for staff, phones, vehicles and the other expenses.

"If ABG [Autonomous Bougainville Government] wants us to speed up the process of re-opening Panguna and to start off the negotiations they have to get ourselves properly established."

Lawrence Daveona says there will also need to be compensation and reconciliation and he doubts this can all be completed by the ABG's projected start for negotiations in November.