The office of PNG Prime Minister Michael Somare has refrained from commenting on allegations Rio Tinto started the Bougainville war.
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UPDATED 9:05 AM - 29 Aug 2013

The office of Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has refrained from commenting on controversial allegations concerning the Bougainville War.

An SBS report revealed the existence of a damning affidavit, written by Prime Minister Michael Somare in 2001.

In the document, Somare blamed the conflict - which started as a rebellion against the island's giant Panguna mine - on the mine's owners Rio Tinto.

Rio, and its subsidiary Bougainville Cooper Limited, have vigorously disputed Somare's version of events.