3 Jul 2013

Compensation to precede Bougainville mine opening - Momis

6:44 pm on 3 July 2013

The government of Bougainville is confident the owners of the huge Panguna copper and gold mine will be amenable to compensation and reconciliation demands before any re-opening can happen.

The autonomous Papua New Guinea province has been holding fora to canvass views on a re-opening, and there is strong interest in it going ahead, to boost the economy.

There are also caveats that reconciliation be conducted and that compensation for damage and environmental destruction be paid beforehand.

The president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, John Momis, says he hopes talks with BCL can begin before the end of this year.

He says he believes the company will come to the table on these issues.

"In fact, it is not completely new to them, they won't be surprised. We have already had consultative meetings with BCL as well as the national government, the landowners, ex-combatants and ABG. ."

The president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, John Momis