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Bougainville President Momis urges people to remain united despite delay
5:11 pm GMT+12, 23/04/2019, Papua New Guinea

The two governments, ABG and the national government, will have to negotiate the final analysis of the outcome of the Bougainville referendum, ABG President John Momis revealed over the weekend.
 
President Momis also assured the people not to worry as the referendum process will go ahead because of the self-determining power of the people of Bougainville as modified by the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA).  
 
“We have to apply our right within the boundary of the BPA.
 
The BPA says we must not fight, BPA says we must have permanent peace, everlasting peace within the hearts of individuals then to the communities. BPA also stipulates that the two governments have to negotiate the final analysis, sit down and negotiate and hopefully come up with a good outcome,” Momis told a church and ex-combatants during a reconciliation in Arawa, Central Bougainville, on Good Friday.
 
Momis told the gathering that ABG Minister for Peace Agreement and Implementation, Albert Punghau, and his team will go around the region soon to give the definition of greater autonomy and independence.
 
“Now we’re talking of greater autonomy and independence but we don’t know the real meaning of these two choices. This committee will come and give you the real meaning of the two choices, so you will knowingly make a free democratic choice on the two choices,” he said.
 
Momis highlighted the delay in the referendum process is because of the failure of the national government to give money for the referendum preparation roll-out.
 
“The national government is really breaching the BPA, if delay more, referendum doesn’t eventuate, we know who to blame, no one else but only the national government. We have done everything in our power to facilitate the peaceful process for self determination as stipulated under the BPA.
 
“If negotiations of the two governments don’t go down well, example if we don’t get independence, ABG will still negotiate if things don’t turn out well to get as much as we can. Whichever way the cookie crumbles, Bougainville cannot lose out, Bougainville is inevitably being blessed one way or the other,” he said.
 
Momis encouraged the people of Bougainville not to be misled by a few minorities, especially on social media, speculating rubbish and undermining the government of the day.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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