Bougainville has right to self Determination
New Dawn FM News
Bougainville’s right to self-determination through the referendum is guaranteed within the parameters of the Papua New Guinea Constitution.
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis made this statement during the opening of the special JSB Meeting in Port Moresby today.
President Momis says that despite arguements that self-determination will cause the defragmentation of the nation, Bougainville is a special case.
He says Bougainville has earned this right after the National Government declared war on its own citizens in a civil war that saw the loss of more than twenty thousand lives and hundreds of millions of kinas worth of property destroyed.
President Momis says that Bougainvilleans were deprived of their rights despite Bougainville bankrolling PNG’s independence and post-independence development.
The man highly regarded as one of PNG’s most respected Founding Fathers and technically the Father of the PNG Constitution was not going to mince his words as he put into perspective Bougainville’s frustrations over the National Government reneging on its commitment to the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
Despite this President Momis says that the people of Bougainville are committed to collaborating with the National Government in implementing the referendum in a democratized manner.
President Momis reiterates that the process of self-determination is within the parameters of the PNG Constitution and is not in contravention of any laws of the country.