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The West Papuan reconciliation and unification conference being hosted in Port Vila for the different separatist groups from West Papua has gone into stealth mode as the delegates have barricaded themselves in the Chiefs’ Nakamal to deliberate and make recommendations for a way forward.
No member of the local media or public have been allowed entry into the Nakamal.
These restrictions are a precautionary measure to avoid Indonesian spies infiltrating the meetings.
The various groups represented in the closed-door meetings are here to find common grounds on which they can be allowed member status into the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), a regional body that supports the interests of Melanesians.
Indonesia, West Papua’s current colonizer, has been granted “observer” status in the MSG while West Papuans have so far been denied representation. The main speculation regarding this would be due to the…
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Axiom Mining has resounding win in Solomon Islands High Court nickel case
Axiom Mining has won a David versus Goliath battle in the Solomon Islands High Court with Axiom triumphing over Sumitomo’s claims.
The High Court dismissed Sumitomo’s claims, finding “the proceedings have been shown to be an abuse of the court’s process.
Axiom shares are expected to climb.
The High Court discharged Sumitomo’s injunction preventing Axiom’s exploration or mining activities. It also placed a continuing permanent injunction restraining Sumitomo from interfering with Axiom’s business activities in Solomon Islands.
The company is targeting to start a direct shipping ore operation within the next 12 to 18 months.
Axiom’s claim for costs and damages will now be pursued.
“This judgment vindicates Axiom’s assertions that we have always acted correctly and with integrity,” chief executive officer Ryan Mount said.
“With our Prospecting Licence and registered lease recognised, we can now…
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