Rio denies starting Bougainville war

The office of PNG Prime Minister Michael Somare has refrained from commenting on allegations Rio Tinto started the Bougainville war.

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.

Source SBS

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