5 Apr 2011

Bougainville leader urges common approach in mining debate

6:24 pm on 5 April 2011

The president of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, John Momis, has called for leaders to try and achieve a common approach on mining.

This follows a workshop on mining last week which Mr Momis says helped people focus on how they might make use of the province's mineral resources.

The New Dawn website reports Mr Momis as saying that re-opening the Panguna mine is one approach, but the people need to decide if the province should put all its efforts in that direction.

He says Bougainville could also consider the development of other mines, or help small-scale Bougainvillean miners build up their productivity.

But he says there'll be no significant mining projects unless everyone works together to bring stability and peace to all parts of the province.

And Mr Momis also says there'll be no mining unless there's agreement on a stable mining policy and law that meets the interests of landowners, government and investors, and is fair to all of them.