Barrick Condemns Killing

Barrick Niugini Limited, the majority owner and operator of the Porgera Mine in Enga Province, has condemned the killing of at least ten people during an outbreak of tribal violence that occurred this week, in the Porgera Valley.

Barrick’s Executive Managing Director, Mr Anthony Esplin, this morning confirmed local reports that at least nine people, including women and children, have died following a further outbreak of violence linked to a tribal conflict between two warring groups from Tari, in Hela Province.

MrEsplin said Police personnel are currently in attendance at the scene, and are investigating the murders with the assistance of local community leaders from the Porgera Law and Order Committee.

He said Barrick understands that this continuing violence is part of a long-running conflict between two outsider groups who are currently residing in and around the Porgera Valley.

He condemned these killings in the strongest terms, and join with the local community in calling for an end to this senseless violence.

MrEsplin said while there were no mine employees involved in this incident, the ongoing violence affects everyone who lives and works in the Porgera Valley – they are living in fear as a consequence of this conflict, and the general decline of law and order in the Porgera District and beyond.

 Together with the community leaders of Porgera, the company calls on the National and Provincial Governments to act swiftly in bringing those responsible to justice, and says it will provide any appropriate support needed to bring about an end to this violent criminal behavior.

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