ABG PRESIDENT REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT ON THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS in his statement to the ABG Parliament today said that because the 13th anniversary falls on this Friday, he considers it timely that he takes stock of our progress to date and to consider the challenges that continue to confront all of us.
He said that as the President he was elected by the people of Bougainville to provide leadership and that is what he has tried to do over the past eight years.
President Momis said that in doing so he has sought to impart a vision that represents what a future Bougainville might look like, where our people are self-determined, protected and live in Peace.
President Momis said that should be the intention of us all.
He said that as members of parliament our loyalty must be to Bougainville and Bougainville alone.
Self-interest should play no role in this place he said.
President Momis said that he mentioned at the last ABG House the fact that there are many, some from this house and others from the broader community that seek to undermine principles of peace by seeking to exploit weaknesses in our internal systems and processes.
He said at the last parliament he spoke specifically about individuals engaging in unilateral consultations with representatives of the National Government with the sole aim of securing funds through illegal means and what he called backdoor negotiations.
President Momis said whilst he does not seek to cast judgement on the motives of these individuals, the fact is that by engaging in such conduct these individuals bring disrepute to the ABG and to Bougainville more broadly.
He questioned how can we state in conscience that we strive to meet the principles of good governance when many of our senior leaders, including members of this place, engage in such conduct.
The President said that the recent actions of a few have cast doubt on the capacity and ability of Bougainville to manage its own affairs.
It has undermined our efforts to achieve reform and through this, has cast doubt on our commitment to peace, blockading airports and engaging in threats send a very bad signal, not just in Bougainville and PNG but to the international community.
He said all this cannot go on and must stop, once and for all.