14 02 2014

Source: Radio New Dawn on Bougainville


By Aloysius Laukai

The former Central Bougainville Member and National Minister for Mining, SAM AKOITAI (pictured) says the issue of the PANGUNA COPPER MINE was in the hands of the ABG and the people of Bougainville and no outsider should stick his nose in.
MR. AKOITAI told New Dawn FM this afternoon that the ABG and the landowners have come a long way in preparing their people for negotiating a new agreement that must be negotiated under Bougainville’s own mining law.
He said that Bougainville was the only Province in Papua New Guinea which has its own constitution and can make laws to protect its people and their resources and the people must respect and allow their government to quickly enact the Mining Laws and make it work for Bougainville.
MR. AKOITAI who is a very experienced person on Mining issue said that what the current government of President Momis was doing must be supported by the people of Bougainville who have fought for many years to make changes to the mining laws first from the colonial era and now under Papua New Guinea.
He said it is time to negotiate and start building infrastructures so that by the time everything is set Bougainville can benefit in high Copper and Gold prices which he said was at a record low at the moment.



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