By Meriba Tulo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) President, Chief John Momis, has stated that the Referendum process will be one that will need to be negotiated well.
Speaking to EMTV News following the recently concluded National Conference on Referendum, President Momis, reiterated the need for the National Government and the ABG to work together to iron out outstanding issues prior to the vote, as well as committing to negotiations of post-referendum results.
According to President Momis, the conference had brought to light issues that needed to be addressed by both governments, working in cooperation. Being one of the founders of PNG’s constitution, President Momis called for the laws to be respected.
The Bougainville Peace Agreement is the foundation of the ABG – and according to President Momis, the BPA is an agreement that must be adhered to, as it was a joint creation by both the PNG Government, and Bougainvilleans.
With the Referendum target date set for June 15th, 2019, President Momis has also reminded both the National Government and ABG that whatever the outcome of the referendum, negotiations must continue post referendum-result.