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25 August 2017


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Lukis Romaso

In the mid 1960s I was attending Rigu High School when the first resistance to the Panguna Mine took place. The women took the physical brunt of the confrontation. It appears to some of us that the issue refuses to go away. Is the reopening of the mine a solution or a curse for Bougainville given the very people involved in the conflict are sitting on opposite sides of the issue.We must also be mindful that material greed does not creep into this.
I am also convinced that with the rehabilitation of cocoa and coconut plantations in the province and the introduction of improved cocoa varieties to farmers. Bougainville can go back to its glory days in the 1960s until the crises came. During the period, the province produced over 50% of PNGs cocoa export. Bougainville's immediate sustainable livelihood depends on this and not the Panguna Mine.

Jaffie Amani

When discussing the opening of the Panguna mine, we really need to understand the disadvantages and advantages of opening the mine.

I was in high school when the fighting broke out and the fear of such a scenario happening or repeating itself is still fresh in the minds of all Bougainvilleans.

The other issue that is yet to be resolved and has not been completed is weapons disposal.

I think our leaders must get back to basics and tackle the small problems first before thinking of reopening the mine, which is a giant step forward.

Remember, we don't want any more bloodshed on Bougainville and I am speaking from experience.

Philip Fitzpatrick

I agree with Leonard.

Even in a general sense I wonder whether the world actually needs more copper and gold. When you think about what those two minerals are used for neither seems to be particularly necessary.

It seems that the primary reason for mining both minerals and petroleum is making money for a select few. And in that process the environment suffers.

When there is money around people argue about access to it. If the Panguna mine opens up in all probability the old arguments that led to its closure will re-surface again. Does Bougainville need that? I don't think so.

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