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Rio Tinto reviewing its future at Bougainville copper mine

Rio Tinto reviewing its future at Bougainville copper mine

Updated 18 August 2014, 16:59 AEST

Mining company Rio Tinto has indicated it may not return to mining in Bougainville.

It follows the autonomous government stripping Rio Tinto of any mining rights.

The company says now is an appropriate time to review its majority stake in Bougainville Copper Limited.

The Panguna mine was once one of the biggest in the world but it was also the spark that lit a decade-long civil war in the 1990s in which 20-thousand-people died.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Liam Cochrane, ABC Papua New Guinea correspondent

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