The Bougainville Peace process continues to progress in the new year with the signing on Monday 11 January 2021 between PNG Prime Minister Hon. James Marape and President of The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) Hon. Ishmael Toroama on the Joint Communique.
The Joint Communique will build on the achievements of both Governments and establish principles of the Bougainville Peace process. This will give assurance to the people that both the governments of PNG and the ABG are committed to the process of the joint consultations on the outcome of the referendum.
Some points on the Bougainville Peace Agreement provides for a political right to Bougainvilleans to a referendum, among Bougainvilleans, on the future political status of Bougainville. And conditions relating to weapons disposal and good governance.
All parties agreeing that the upcoming joint consultations will be moderated by an appointed Moderator and will be, but not limited to, addressing the key issues on the future political status of Bougainville.
A total number of 181,067 Bougainvilleans voted in the referendum, and out of that 97.7% chose independence. The Bougainville Referendum Commission was tabled in both the National Parliament and the Bougainville House of Representatives, and was unanimously endorsed by both parliaments.
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