1 Jul 2003

Governor of PNG's Bougainville province wants more funds to secure peace

5:25 pm on 1 July 2003

The Governor of the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville has called for greater assistance in development and governance to maintain peace on the island.

Anita Purcell reports.

"Governor John Momis says assistance from donor countries and agencies is needed in the areas of good governance and development. In a speech thanking Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Vanuatu for their contribution to the peace process, John Momis warns that peace is not achieved by the absence of guns. Mr Momis says that the Bougainville crisis had its roots in the marginalisation of Bougainville land owners. He said Bougainvilleans have the responsibility, in continuing the work of the peace monitoring group, and to ensure that the past is not repeated. He said Bougainvilleans must continue to actively participate in government development as opposed to becoming passive recipients of goods and services."