Minister: BCL to open office in Arawa after Bel Kol ceremony

Aloysius Laukai | New Dawn
The Minister for mining and member for TERRA, ROBIN WILSON says that the BEL KOL ceremony that the Panguna Landowners have requested from BCL is not to open the Panguna mine, but to make it possible for BCL to clear its way to coming to Bougainville to discuss issues that are important to the future of Bougainville.
MR. WILSON said that BCL has to be invited to establish its office in Arawa so that issues like the Damages done by the mine, Chemical and outstanding issues can be dealt with.
He said the future of Panguna will have to be negotiated under Bougainville’s own mining law and until now BCL remains as one of the possible investors like any other investor.
The Minister for mining made these remarks when responding to questions from the woman member representing the women of North Bougainville and Deputy Speaker, FRANCESCA SEMOSO who asked who will benefit from the BEL KOL as the conflict and its spillover affected all regions from South, Central and North Bougainville and including our nearby Solomon Islanders.
Member SEMOSO said that to make it fair all districts must benefit from the BEL KOL arrangement.


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One response to “Minister: BCL to open office in Arawa after Bel Kol ceremony

  1. Member for Terra, Robin Wilson,
    You sound like another puppet for the mining company.
    Bougainville’s own mining law is flawed. A major concern with the Mining Act is whether it provides sufficient protection from the activities of Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) if or should they return to Bougainville.
    Let us not forget that BCL are connected with serious human rights abuses and massive environmental devastation.
    Perhaps, you are inviting BCL back to re-commence mining again by suggesting they set up an office in Arawa.
    Yes, BCL must clean up the damage done. That is important not an office in Arawa.
    Wake up Bougainville.

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