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March 3, 2021

Polye: National Government Must Honour the Bougainville Peace Agreement

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By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The Papua New Guinea national government must fulfil its commitment to Bougainville, according to Opposition Leader, Don Polye.

Polye was concerned that matters in relation to autonomous arrangements in the Bougainville Peace Agreement were not fully honoured by the government.

The opposition leader was responding to questions raised by EMTV on matters concerning Bougainville’s funds.

Polye said he is disappointed the national government hasn’t fully honoured the Bougainville Peace Agreement on financial arrangements to do with outstanding monies.

The delay of funds has affected various operations within the region. 

He says the national government has a major role to play in bringing Bougainville towards its future destiny, and must enhance the peace agreement.

In an exclusive interview with Bougainville President, Chief John Momis, he says the national government still owes Bougainville funds of over K400 million through various grants.

Momis said that Autonomous Bougainville Government is dependent upon the national government budgetary allocation because of the region’s smaller internal revenue.

The president says Bougainville was reduced to basic humanity because of civil war, a position the national government must actively address. 

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