Momis appeals for Unity in Panguna Mine Talks

President ofthe Autonomous region of Bougainville Chief John Momis has appealed for total Unity and positive attitudes inthe wake of negations to re-openthe Panguna Mine.

He madethe call duringthe Regional Forum on Panguna Negotiations in Arawa andthe Bena District.

The forums enabled consultation to be facilitated between landowners ofthe Panguna Mine, community lLeaders ex combatants, churches, youth and women’ s groups. 

Also present atthe forums were members ofthe Bougainville Executive Council andthe Bougainville Administration led by Autonomous Region of Bougainville President Chief John Momis.

The process of developing a mining law for Bougainville which gives ownership rights tothe landowners and custodianship tothe ABe is in progress.

It will be presented onthe Bougainville floor of Parliament once community consultation is completed.

The last forum will be held in Panguna soon.

The Panguna Mine, created history for Papua New Guineaand Bougainville, has remained closed since 1989.

ABe Mining Law on environment

The Bougainville Mining Minister Michael Oni says, agreementsthe Bougainville Copper Limited operated under, did not give any considerations for the Panguna Mine affected communities.

Speaking atthe Panguna negotiations forum,the Ministersaidthe new Bougainville Mining Law will address environmental issues.

Meanwhile,the law reform commission says Papua New Guineahas no law onthe disposal of mine tailings except guidelines.

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