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Govt to help Freeport resume operations

  • Rangga D. Fadillah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 31 2011   /  08:00 am

A senior official says the government will take all needed steps for PT Freeport Indonesia (PT FI) to resume normal operations at its Grasberg gold and copper mine in Timika, Papua.

Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Widjajono Partowidagdo said on Friday that the ministry would coordinate with relevant institutions to provide security assurances to Freeport.

“I will go to Papua [this week]. I just met with representatives of Freeport employees and locals living near the mine. They complained about the security condition there,” he told reporters at his office.

Widjajono said the government would focus on security first, worker welfare second and then on renegotiating the government’s contract with Freeport.

“In negotiations, it’s important to prioritize transparency and trust so that we can produce win-win solutions. Don’t demand exaggera...