By Tapo Tovilu
The son of one of Bougainville’s grate leaders, Francis Ona has come out openly on his position on the issue of the planed reopening of the Panguna mine.
In a press release yesterday the Minister for Planning in the Meekamui Government Stanley Ona openly stated that his people and the Government of Meekamui will not allow any scheme to re-open the Panguna mine.
He also added that current media reports of the discussions into the re-opening of the Panguna mine are damaging to all parties and unless serious conditions are met there will be no mining of Panguna.
He says that if the ABG would like to re-open the Panguna mine serious negotiations and discussions must be made first.
He added that many lives were lost in their struggle for human rights and their fight for freedom and such should be avoided in the future.