UNDP Assists in Post-Referendum

This gesture was made by the UNDP in support of the ongoing post-referendum process, leading to the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

When handing over these assets to the NCOBA, UNDP Resident Representative, Dirk Wagner said the UNDP has supported the roll-out of the referendum with policy advisory, technical, logistical and operational support.

“With these contributions, the UNDP hopes that this referendum is being hailed and acknowledged by international observers as being one of the most transparent, inclusive and credible referendums,” he said.

Church leaders return from fact-finding mission

Organised with thanks to support from UN Women, the mission saw participants comprised of representatives from the PNG Council of Churches (PNGCC), government, civil society and research organisations visit Buka from 20-23 August.

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.

Momis: Referendum will go ahead

On Tuesday in parliament, O'Neill categorically stated that there is no guarantee that referendum will take place on the set date, because requirements of the peace agreement have not been met.

“I want to make a very clear position of government, the referendum is subject to all the fulfilments clearly stated in the peace agreement, it’s a long way off so I don’t want Papua New Guineans and Bougainvilleans to think it’s an easy path, that just tomorrow we will wake up and have a referendum, it may be such that it may not be possible,” said O’Neill.

Lera to focus on referendum and rural service deliver

Lera in his second term pledged to have more regular consultation with the ABG President, the ABG ministers, the North, Central and South block ABG members and civil society institutions in Bougainville.

Social groups such as youth, women, churches, veterans and donor partners will also be consulted to shares views and find ways forward on how they can all work together to contribute and prepare Bougainville for referendum.

Germany warns Turkey over Nazi jibes amid referendum row

But Sigmar Gabriel also emphasised his wish to return to "friendly relations".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Germany of "Nazi practices" because of the cancellation of rallies involving Turkish ministers.

He is seeking new constitutional powers in a 16 April referendum.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu repeated the Nazi comparison on a visit to Hamburg aimed at drumming up support among some of the 1.4m Turkish voters who live in Germany.

Weapons disposal program needed in Bougainville

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on the Bougainville Referendum and Southern Highlands Governor, William Powi, said this today following a recent trip to the island.

Powi said both issues were key milestone activities that needed to be addressed before the referendum, which was a significant and historic moment for them, could take place.

He stated firstly that there was a lot of misconception about the referendum and a major awareness drive was needed to inform everyone in Bougainville.

Bougainville MPs unite for referendum

The four leaders including newly sworn in Member for South Bougainville Timothy Masiu, Minister for Information and Communication Jimmy Miringtoro, Member for North Bougaiville Lauta Atoi and Minister for Bougainville Affairs Joe Lera, for the first time in history were brought together.

All leaders shared similar sentiments of Bougainville and the lead up to referendum but what was akin to them all was that finally they could share and air their interests and feel included in driving the processes to a successful referendum ‘together’.

Bougainville seeks international help for referendum

Under the Bougainville Peace Agreement, the region is due to hold the independence vote before 2020.

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has set up the Department of Referendum, Veterans' Affairs and Peace, with former President, James Tanis, as the interim secretary.

Mr Tanis says they will prepare the region for the vote but to do that they need assistance, and he wants the international community to pitch in.

Euro official says Greek vote result regrettable

The Dutch finance minister has over the past five months of negotiations resisted Greece's attempts to get easier terms for its bailout program. He says that "for the recovery of the Greek economy, difficult measures and reforms are inevitable. We will now wait for the initiatives of the Greek authorities."