2 Jun 2009

PNG reconciliaton meeting due in Buka

3:12 pm on 2 June 2009

Papua New Guinea politicians are to resume reconciliation efforts between New Ireland and Bougainville.

According to the Post Courier, the Governor of New Ireland, Sir Julius Chan, is set to lead provincial politicians, officials and cultural groups to Buka next week for the second phase of the reconciliation Ceremonies on invitation by the new Bougainville President, James Tanis.

Sir Julius was the prime minister in 1997 when PNG planned to fight the Bougainville rebellion with mercenaries.

The uproar over the plan ended his prime ministership.

The reconciliation effort was started by the late Bougainville leader, Joseph Kabui, who was wanted by PNG at the height of the secessionist war.