Papua New Guinea: Landowners at Porgera mine site say negotiation with Barrick have broken down as co. pushes for contract renewal

Author: Radio New Zealand, Published on: 5 July 2019

"Enga landowners say Porgera talks broken down", 28 June 2019

A landowning group at the site of the Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province says negotiations with the owner Barrick have broken down.

The Canadian company is pushing to renew its contract in August for another 20 year period.

The company has said it had met with senior landowners to discuss their issues.

But the Justice Foundation for Porgera Ltd, which said it represented the bulk of local landowners, said without their commitment any agreement would be worthless.

It said Barrick needed to come to it to negotiate the necessary protocols.

...The contract renewal comes amid unresolved allegations of rape, sexual assault, drownings and shootings at the mine site.

Justice Foundation for Porgera chair Jonathan Paraia said...they were highly offended at the lack of respect Barrick's CEO has shown towards them while trying to engage them in a significant international mining contract with a 20-year life.

 

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