26 Sep 2016

Bougainville leader seeks unity ahead of referendum

8:38 pm on 26 September 2016

The President of Bougainville, John Momis, has called on Bougainvilleans to unify as the region prepares for a referendum on its political future.

Arawa, Bougainville

Arawa, Bougainville Photo: RNZI

In June of 2019 Bougainville is due to vote on whether to become independent or to remain autonomous within Papua New Guinea.

The Post Courier reported Mr Momis telling the people they must unite to implement the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the referendum peacefully and let it be a process of integrity.

He said because of the Bougainville crisis the region had a unique opportunity to develop a new socio-economic order and determine its own political future.

Mr Momis said Bougainvilleans had to be prepared to accept the consequences of their decisions and had to make informed decisions.

He said if the people follow through with the Peace Agreement, respect the rule of law, promote good governance and accept responsibility for their actions, then they would be able to liberate themselves.

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