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January 23, 2021
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Pogera Land Owners demand Response From State

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The state has less than 20 days to respond to demands presented by Landowners of Porgera Gold Mine.

Today more than one hundred Landowners met in Port Moresby to send a wakeup call to the state to respond to an earlier notice.

 

The landowners want the state to respond to their Position Statement, a demand that the state has to address before the next Porgera Mine review.

 

Those who gathered today included landowners from the Special Mining Lease and the Lease Mining Purpose areas.

 

The landowners say the damages caused by breaches in the Mining Agreement, have amounted to billions of kina.

 

Through a Position Statement presented to the Mining Minister late last year, the landowners want the state to address the issues presented before the next review.

 

Jonathan Paraia, on behalf of the four thousand landowners of Porgera, says past reviews have ignored the breaches in the agreement.

 

Failure by the state to respond will trigger a dispute resolution within the Memorandum of Agreement leading to arbitration.

 

Porgera Gold mine has less than 5 years before the mining lease expires.

 

A review is long over-due as well, but the landowners will not allow for a review before their concerns are addressed.

 

From when the Position Statement was presented to the state, the government now has less than 20 days to give a response.

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