National reconciliation set for November

The symbolic national reconciliation between Bougainville and Papua New Guinea is set to happen from November 04th to the 07th in Kokopo, East New Britain Province.

The reconciliation, which was approved at the March Joint Supervisory Body meeting, is targeted at former combatants and members of the PNG security forces including defence, police and correctional services.

Acting Chief Secretary to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Col. Thomas Raivet (Rtd), said this reconciliation is critical and must happen before the referendum to ensure Bougainvilleans are free to vote in November.

He said Bougainvilleans living in and outside of Bougainville must be free to vote without fear or intimidation in the upcoming referendum, therefore this national reconciliation is highly important to free the people from the scars of the past.

Preparations are already underway with the PNG and Bougainville Government officials working closely with the East New Britain Provincial Government to ensure a meaningful and peaceful reconciliation ceremony is staged before the referendum.

Sally Pokiton