BOUGAINVILLE Copper Limited (BCL) has told representatives of Panguna mine-affected landowners that it welcomes direct dialogue between parties as well as collective discussion through the Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee (JPNCC).
Some representatives of the nine mine-related landowner groups that met in Buka last Friday at a regular meeting of the JPNCC said they would like informal contact with BCL to raise issues not covered by the JPNCC’s terms of reference.
The JPNCC is responsible for a range of activities including environmental, social and economic studies and the reconciliation process known as belkol.
The landowners sought the blessing of the JPNCC to proceed with informal talks about their own particular issues.
Other JPNCC members agreed that informal discussions between parties outside JPNCC meetings are an importance part of the negotiation process.
The meeting also discussed the selection of consultants to conduct environmental, social and economic studies in the Panguna area.
The JPNCC’s responsibilities include the supervision of environmental, social and economic studies to be conducted as part of the decision-making process leading to the possible mine re-opening.
Photo: Panguna landowner representative Lawrence Daveoni shares a joke with BCL’s Justin ‘Ted’ Rogers at the JPNCC meeting (Ben Jackson)