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Mutual trust needed in dispute between Freeport and Jakarta

Road ahead lies in negotiation so that interests of both sides can be accommodated.

Papuans holding a rally against Freeport in Timika last month. Freeport halted its production in the Grasberg mining field in Papua for about a week after the Indonesian government implemented a new law in January.

THE dispute between PT Freeport Indonesia and the Indonesian government involves not just the fortunes of the world's largest gold mine and second largest copper mine. It does not affect only the fate of many thousands of workers in Indonesia's resource-rich Papua. These in themselves are...

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