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04 January 2014

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How utterly pathetic that after all the bloodshed spilt over this destructive mine that John Momis, of all people, would be promoting it. May John Momis enjoy shame over this stand....
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This comment has been edited to remove offensive imputations - KJ

Bougainvilleans must be thoroughly consulted before any efforts are made to reopen Panguna, the deaths of so many cannot be in vain.

If anything, focus should be on building the human resource capacity, establish sustainable development through agriculture and tourism and small to medium Bougainvillean owned enterprises before rushing to sell off Bougainville's resources. consideration must be made for concerns of traditional landowners and the environment, there must be an effort to ensure equitable distribution of wealth, ensure spin off benefits are protected for Bougainvillean citizens and rebuild health and education sectors.

Bougainville can be once more a agricultural powerhouse and a mecca for tourism. The people of Bougainville must not be misled into agreeing to an industry that may threaten peace on that island, PNG has neglected Bougainville for too long and may pay the price if a sound roadmap for development is not constructed by Bougainvilleans.

Blood has flowed and the wounds remain regardless of the whims and profit orientated interests of a few and political leaders...consult the people and listen to them.

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