Late Ona’s son opposes Panguna mine re-opening
Thomas Megas, Stanley Ona ( Francis Ona son ) and Philip Miriori.
By WINTERFORD TOREAS
The eldest son of late Francis Ona is against the re-opening of the famous Panguna mine.
Stanley the eldest son of the late Francis Ona, who was behind the closure of the Panguna mine in the late 1980s, which later led to the Bougainville Crisis has decided publicly to voice his stance against the possible reopening of the Panguna mine.
Late Francis Ona’s son, Stanley Ona boldly said that he will not be entertaining the re-opening of the mine.
Mr Ona had decided to air his disappoint following recent media reports made by the ABG President Dr John Momis and other ABG leaders that the ABG is looking at re-opening the Panguna mine.
“I’m the Minister of Planning and the eldest son of our great human right leader the late Francis Ona.
“My people the Tribal Nation of Me’ekamui will not and cannot entertain any scheme to re-open the Panguna Mine or allow the PNG or ABG to infringe upon our rights as an indigenous tribal nation.
“These media releases are damaging to all parties and unless serious conditions are met, there will be no mining in Panguna,” Mr Ona said
Mr Ona warned that they will not bow down easily to the ABG’s stand regarding the re-opening of the once largest open cut mine in the world.
“The arms and weapons we have are designed for our defence. Twenty thousand lives have perished in our struggle and if our occupiers think that they will walk over us, they are greatly mistaken.
Mr Ona said if the PNG Government wants to “right the wrongs they have inflicted upon the Me’ekamui” they should enter serious negotiations and discussions.
“Hiding behind the bogus ABG that PNG and Australia created, will not further their cause, simply and candidly. There will be no re-opening of Panguna,” he said.
Mr Ona added that the violence, bloodshed, the denial of human rights, killings of women and children of Bougainville was the method that was used in the past by PNG and Australia.
“Are these announcements now telling the world that the Me’ekamui needs to prepare for this to start again?
“I am truly surprised, that you all haven’t learned anything from your bloody past.
“Panguna is not open for discussion.
“Me’ekamui Human Rights and our memorial are issues that we can discuss to put closure to that bloody past,” Mr Ona said.