Kauona: ABG to Review Bougainville Peace Agreement

By Fabian Hakalits – EMTV Port Moresby

The veterans in Bougainville, headed by Sam Kauona, have called on the Autonomous Bougainville Government to review the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

They are questioning the Bougainville Peace Agreement’s ability to carry Bougainville into a safe referendum before 2020.

Mr Kauona made this call, questioning why all powers are yet to be drawn-down from the National Government before referendum.

Concerns were raised on Bougainville’s political position with the very limited time left before the region votes.

“Autonomy is one of the main clauses of the Bougainville Peace Agreement that gives effect for the transfer of powers from the National Government.”

Kauona questioned what would happen after 2020, when all necessary powers will not be transferred and what the Bougainville Peace Agreement guarantees after referendum, for the autonomous government’s safety and the people as a whole.

Kauona strongly emphasised, the Bougainville Peace Agreement to cater for the critical decisions, authorised by the ABG, such as the Mekamui’s involvement and the Panguna Mine compensation.

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