The Mekamui, or the representative group of the Panguna people, says it wants to work with the Autonomous Bougainville Government to realise the region’s future ambitions.
Speaking exclusively to EMTV News in Buka, they said it was not the right time for any discussion on the Panguna Mine, as it was a matter for all Bougainvilleans who suffered during the conflict.
They said they do not want to see another civil war on the island, and are calling on the national government to respect the Autonomous Bougainville Government as the legitimate government on the ground and of the people of the autonomous region.
Mekamui President, Philip Miriori, said they have made resolutions with the ABG, which the national government must respect, and not to directly transfer these shares to them and their landowners, but through the ABG.
Mr Miriori says that the national government must work with the Government of the people of Bougainville to ensure that Bougainville realises its aspirations.