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January 16, 2021

NEC Reviews ABG

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A review on Bougainville’s autonomy arrangements will come under the microscope of the National Executive Council. 

It is to be a joint review between both National and Autonomous Bougainville governments. The National Executive Council has recently approved a joint review on Bougainville’s autonomy arrangements.


Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, in a press statement released today, said the Cabinet has noted and endorsed Terms of Reference guiding the Review of Autonomy Arrangements.


This includes its legal standing as determined through Section 337 of the National Constitution.


Mr O’Neill said NEC approved the adoption of the recommendations of the review by the National and Autonomous Bougainville Governments.


NEC has also endorsed the Weapons Disposal Implementation Matrix and the establishment of a Bipartisan Parliamentary Committee for Bougainville matters.


The Prime Minister said it has become apparent that the establishment of a committee on Bougainville matters is imperative.


The purpose would be to educate on constitutional requirements, the Bougainville Peace Agreement and specific Organic Laws, its challenges and complexities.


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