PM: Parliament Will Decide on B’ville Independence

Prime Minister Marape responded by stating the importance of the consultations adding that it was as challenging as the issues affecting the country’s economy and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There can be no greater issue facing our government, our country when one part of our county decides or has decided to break away and be an independent nation,” he said.

PM Marape said he will be releasing a statement next week about the discussions during the consultations so that Parliament is guided and citizens are aware outcome of the dialogue.

First Leaders Consultation

Prime Minister James Marape and President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Ishmael Toroama committed to ensuring that the consultation process is guided by the principles of the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA), and that both sides find a practical and acceptable solution that is beneficial to Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Region.

The outcomes, which they have directed the National and Bougainville technical teams to:

Toroama Focused On Joint Consultations

He said these joint consultations can put forward Bougainville’s position reflected in the 97 per cent referendum vote for independence.

Following a recent meet with Prime Minister James Marape, President Toroama said Bougainville’s independence aspirations will remain steadfast however the Autonomous Bougainville Government will continue to foster collaboration with the National Government to implement the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

GoPNG UN Sign Agreement

The signing with UN, through its United Nations Development Program (UNDP) supports lasting peace and long term political settlement process in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Secretary to the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council, Ivan Pomaleu and UNDP’s PNG Representative, Dirk Wagener signed the project; Sustaining Peace through Economic Empowerment this week in Port Moresby.

ABG condemns killing of geologist

On behalf of the Bougainville Executive Government and its people, President Momis expressed sorrow for the loss of a very talented and experienced geologist from Enga Province.

“It is deeply regrettable that this experienced geologist came here to share his skills and expertise with Bougainville and to lose his life this way is totally unacceptable and the people of Bougainville are truly very sorry for this unfortunate incident,” he said.

ABG Speaker recalls parliament

This follows an advice from the Acting President, Raymond Masono, confirming the dates for the Joint Supervisory Body meeting in Buin, South Bougainville, and National Executive Council meeting in Buka.

The Speaker issued a notice fixing August 21st as the date for the next meeting of the House. The House will resume at 2pm.

The Speaker said the House is recalled purposely to receive the Prime Minister of PNG, James Marape’s address to the House in session on the date agreed to in consultation by both governments.

ABG calls for police powers

He said the ABG should take on the responsibility to improve the local police force.

President Momis stated that the current arrangement is not working, because Bougainville is in a typical post war situation, where it needs to balance between trying to develop new things, and at the same time to reconstruct.

“I don’t think we have the necessary police discipline and training.

“I would like to take a position with the impending referendum, you need law and order, you need conducive atmosphere, so this is a core enforcement agency and is very important.

The Pros and Cons of autonomy

Trettel shared this view during the presentation of her paper on “Political Autonomy Study” draft.

This presentation was facilitated by the National Research Institute as one of its seven key studies under the PNG NRI Bougainville Referendum Research project.

The paper refers to examples of other autonomous governments almost similar to Bougainville, from which PNG and the Autonomous region of Bougainville.

ABG and NFA signs MoU

This is part of the drawing down of powers and functions by the National Government to the ABG in preparation for referendum 2019.

A Memorandum of Understanding to effect the drawing down of powers was also signed. The event took place at the Bel Isi Park, Buka in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Fisheries Minister, Patrick Basa, was on hand to officially hand over the amount.

ABG needs opposition: Leader

Right now there is no opposition within the ABG to allow for healthy debate on issues affecting Bougainvilleans.

This was one of the concerns raised by Chairman of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Inc, Philip Miriori, on the approval given to Bougainville Copper Limited to operate on Bougainville.

“We didn’t know BCL was secretly talking with the ABG. We were caught off guard when the President did a reshuffle and word got out that BCL would be making a re-entry.”