By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Arawa
Families of all Missing Persons in Panguna, the home of the once worlds largest open cut mine; want the Bel Kol Ceremony to proceed in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
As told to EMTV News, the Bel Kol Ceremony is the way forward for lasting peace on the island.
Michael Pariu spoke on behalf of these families of the missing persons from Panguna because they believed that all outstanding issues will be solved through the Bel Kol Ceremony.
They want the Bel Kol Ceremony to continue, a solution to many crisis related problems.
“The Bel Kol Ceremony is currently on hold because of some issues that still needs to be sorted out. But we want this to happen because in this way, there will be lasting peace on the island of Bougainville because we did go through pain and sorrow and let happiness come, “ they said.
Arawa Police Station Commander, Inspector Januarius Vosivai, also supported their call and said that it’s a new beginning for Bougainville, but this is a decision that the authorities and the people will make.
Meanwhile, families of the missing persons have put a special request to the Autonomous Bougainville Government to gazette August 30 as a public holiday, in-conjunction with International Day of The Disappeared, to honour loved ones who were lost in the crisis.