[DOC] Remarks by Inco President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Jones concerning recent events in Goro, New Caledonia
Goro...is already providing tremendous opportunities for local contractors and other businesses, of all sizes. Including small companies and owner-operators from the surrounding communities... [People in New Caledonia] were very disturbed by what happened ["vandalism" and blockades of access roads to Goro]. And they spoke out – government and community leaders of every political stripe, business people, contractors and employees, and average citizens -- on the local radio, in the press, and in public rallies. They condemned those responsible and they expressed support for Goro and its importance to New Caledonia... We’ve learned that the best security comes by building strong bonds of mutual trust and respect – and being perceived as a positive force in the community. For Goro Nickel, respect for the Melanesian community – for their culture and society – for their environmental concerns – are core values.