NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE
Me’ekamui invites stakeholders to Panguna mine talks
Me’ekamui Tribal Government has insisted it will not allow anyone to reopen the Panguna mine until all outstanding issues are resolved.
President Philip Miriori said today that as opposed to reports by Australian newspaper on May 19 that BCL owns the Panguna mine, “BCL – Rio Tinto has no rights to Panguna and any discussions or commitments with anyone including PNG or ABG was counterproductive.”
He added that the Me’ekamui government who control the assets at Panguna and all natural resources within its borders, refute Bougainville president John Momis’ authority to enter into any understandings or agreements with Me’ekamui owned land.
Miriori personally invites the Acting PM, Minister for National Planning, Minister for Mining, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chief Legal Counsel from the PNG Government, ABG President, Vice President, Minister for Mining and Legal Counsel and BCL-Rio Tinto chairman, Secretary and Legal Counsel to an open-dialogue meeting at Hilton Hotel in Cairns, Australia, to settle all unresolved issues.
He urged that the individuals attending the meeting planned for June 14 to 17, must bring with them all licenses, documents and relevant materials to enable all parties to discuss all issues with truth and honesty.
Miriori urged that all parties act wisely in their pursuit of closure and future promise.
He added that the meeting is not a media event but an honest effort to bring all parties together in gaining resolve.
Miriori asked that the stakeholders email their RSVP to Me’ekamui Foreign Affairs minister Pius Taboa on firstname.lastname@example.org by June 3.