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03 July 2016

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Just like wars, slavery and genocide, some human acts in the past cannot be undone. While we cannot totally forget about these things, we should not continue to live in the past.

If there is to be a mine at Panguna, then let there be a mine, if there is to be no mine then let there be no mine.

Sometimes try looking at the positive side Mr Momis, instead of eternally complaining. The people of PNG are not your enemy. The national government may have made some bad decisions in the past but the people of PNG have always supported the people of Bougainville (such times as during the Sandline crisis).

Now, Rio Tinto has given you the opportunity to own your own mine. Establishing and operating a mine (the scale of Panguna) is not an easy job, Mr Momis. The ball is now in your hands, how do you play? When you continue to complain, the people continue to suffer. In 10 years’ time copper may have no value.

But let me also tell you this, years from now when you have established an operating mine (that is if you do), you will find that many of the issues you face now will never go away. Even within your own people, these issues will persist.

This might be a test of O'Neill's leadership.

Does he want peace or pennies?

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