7 Oct 2002

Bougainville leaders seeking foreign aid to fund its autonomy

4:38 pm on 7 October 2002

An advisor to the Bougainville Constitutional Committee says negotiations are underway with the European Union for funds to pay for the island's progress towards autonomy within Papua New Guinea.

Moses Havini says this is because the PNG government cannot fulfill its part of the Bougainville Peace Agreement to provide funds towards autonomy.

Mr Havini says money is needed to pay for the workings behind the drafting of a constitution and establishment of an autonomous government which are planned for next year.

He says tentative funding talks with the European Union have begun while negotiations with other donors will be held soon.

"I really have no hope what so ever in getting any funding from Papua New Guinea and I've advised my leaders to forget about that path we can explore other better avenues. For instance our own negotiations with different governments, New Zealand and Australia. We've also had dialogues with the European Union and we hope to get funding from there"

Moses Havini