13 Oct 2006

Panguna landowners on PNG's Bougainville get money for reconciliation ceremonies

10:54 am on 13 October 2006

The Panguna mine landowners on the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville have been allocated money to hold reconciliation ceremonies.

The Post Courier newspaper reports this has been an outstanding issue that has held back a review into the Bougainville Copper Agreement.

Principal landowner Lawrence Daveona said the Bougainville Autonomous Government gave 35,000 US dollars for landowning families of the late Francis Ona to reconcile their differences.

He said it would also involve reconciling with the rest of the people of Bougainville through their elected representatives and to coordinate this reconciliation program the landowners have decided to set up a Landowner's Reconciliation Committee.

The time frame for this reconciliation process will be from October through to December.