BOUGAINVILLE President John Momis has called on PNG prime minister Peter O’Neill and global mining giant Rio Tinto to reveal any dealings in Rio Tinto’s shares in Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL).
Rio Tinto is the majority shareholder in BCL, with 53% equity. In August 2014, Rio Tinto announced a review of its investment in BCL.
“For over a year now, prime minister O’Neill has expressed interest in the national government taking control of BCL,” Dr Momis said.
“He proposes that PNG operate the Panguna mine in Bougainville in the same way it operates the Ok Tedi mine.
“The prime minister expressed that view to me early in 2014, and to members of the Bougainville group known as the Me’ekamui Government of Unity.