Ok Tedi Mine Communities Sets 12 Point Demands

The Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) Communities Representttatives have set a 12 point demands whichthey will be handing over tothe Government.


Atthe top ofthe list of demands,the representatives want all 63.4 per cent of shares in OTML be transferred immediately tothe CMCA communities and Mine Villages sothey becomethe major owner ofthe Ok Tedi Mine.

They added no dividends are to be spent outside Western Province as of today.


“Ownership of OTML and distributions of Dividends are part of environmental compensation to CMCA people and mine villages,” said Joel Dangkim, CMCA Spokesperson.

“No ther people are affected onthe environmental damage, andtherefore no ther people are entitled to benefit fromthe compensation due to CMCA people and mine villages,” he said.

Amongthe demands include that OTML remain an independent private company without state influence, and an apology from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and all members of Parliament for voting in favour ofthe bill to take over shares in OTML tothe state.


They futher addedthey will be taking legal action.


Many ofthe representatives have labelledthe government’s mover as suspicious, and did not hold back ontheir disagreement.


They reiteratedtheir call for the 63.4 per cent shares to be handed tothem.


The representatives saidthe government mover sets a bad precedence where it would threaten future investment tothe already booming resource country.


Caption: Joel Dangkim, CMCA Spokesperson.

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