NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE
Land Summit update
By Aloysius Laukai
Participants to the Bougainville Land Summit which ended this afternoon in Arawa, have been told that the land is not for sale.
Many speakers who spoke at the summit commented that landowners are the custodians of the land and are not supposed to sell their traditional land.
The summit also heard from representatives of Me’ekamui Original and Me’ekamui Unity Group including leader Chris Uma who for the first time presented their views to the Bougainville Lands division.
International presenters at yesterday’s sessions talked on their experiences outside and how Bougainvilleans can compare and adapt to lessons learnt from these experiences.
Today’s presentation touched on Customary and Alienated Land, Pressures on custom and pressures on environment and natural resources.
The summit ended with the handing down of final recommendations made during the three day event to Bougainville division of lands and physical planning who will at a later date present to ABG for consideration.
Former ABG Finance Minister, Mathias Salas briefed the seminar on how the land was taken by the Government for BCL to use.
He even had documents to qualify his comments
By AL in Arawa