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28 February 2014

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For god's sake, many still need to understand 'belkol'. It is not the end but a beginning of pacification in the epistemology of the various societies of Bougainville.

This is an excellent exposition of the way in which Bougainvilleans see the world.

The idea that the PNG Government and BCL pay compensation for the deaths associated with the civil conflict makes perfect sense from a traditional viewpoint.

Unfortunately, it will probably make no political or commercial sense. BCL shareholders will not see why they should meet a large, multimillion dollar cost before even beginning to incur the huge initial costs associated with getting the Panguna mine operational again.

If the position put by Leonard is a not negotiable bottom line, then it is difficult to see how the Panguna mine can ever resume operation. The risk versus reward trade off would not make any commercial sense. Better to deploy BCL resources somewhere else.

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