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Bougainville ready for negotiations

The post-referendum period will be critical to the conclusion and finalization of the Bougainville peace process.

President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Grand Chief Dr John Momis, made this remark during his statement in parliament today.

“Whatever the outcome, the negotiations and consultations will be complex. It will require careful and strategic thinking about what we want Bougainville to look like in the future; however I am positively confident that we are united and ready for hard negotiations,” said Momis. 

The Joint Ministerial Taskforce on Post-Referendum has been leading the planning of the post-referendum transition to ensure all processes are in place and ready after the vote.

Reflecting on the consultation and negotiation process, President Momis called for the best team of negotiators for Bougainville.

“We will need an inclusive approach so that there is representation of women, churches, business people, veterans and Bougainvilleans living outside of Bougainville in the Negotiation Team.”

“The consultations and negotiations will determine the final outcome of the process so we must work hard to get the best possible outcome for Bougainville.”  

The Joint Taskforce, led jointly by ABG Minister for Peace Agreement Implementation, Hon. Albert Punghau and National Minister for Bougainville Affairs, Sir Puka Temu, will be presenting a report to the Bougainville House of Representatives this week to brief ABG members of current progress with post-referendum planning.

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