The head of a landowners group controlling the site of the Panguna mine in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville says it is keen to see a resumption of mining but will always be opposed to the return of Bougainville Copper Ltd.
BCL was the original operator of the mine and has been blamed for sparking the civil war.
Its former multi national owner, Rio Tinto, last year walked away, giving its shares to the PNG and Bougainville governments, rather face demands for compensation over the environmental and social damage blamed on the mine.
Last week this new look BCL was stopped by a protest march from signing a memorandum of agreement with the Panguna landowners - a move seen as the first move to re-open the Panguna mine and boost the region's economy ahead of an independence vote in two years.
Not the least of BCL's problems is that they were not dealing with the proper landowners and legal action has put a stay on the signing of the MOA.
The man they should have been talking to, Philip Miriori, the chairman of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association, says he will never back BCL returning.
Mr Miriori, who also heads the Me'ekamui Government of Unity, explained the SML's thinking to Don Wiseman.