PNG Committed to Referendum
New Dawn FM News
The Papua New Guinea Government is committed to finding a lasting solution on Bougainville that will be mutually beneficial for Bougainville and Papua New Guinea.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neil made this statement in his opening remarks at the special Joint Supervisory Body Meeting today in Port Moresby today.
The Prime Minister thanked the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government Chief Dr John Momis for his continued support and wisdom in finding an amicable solution for Bougainville.
Mr O’Neil also welcomed the former Prime Minister of Ireland Bertie Ahern who will be Chairing the Bougainville Referendum Commission.
He says Mr Ahern brings a lot of experience to BRC and hopes that his inclusion will enable both Bougainville and PNG to progress the referendum successfully.
He revealed that there are issues still to be resolved before the BRC can fully function but he has been reassured by bureaucrats from PNG and Bougainville that preparations are in place with funding already made available.
He says that he looks forward to working with the BRC for the referendum to be successfully implemented on Bougainville.
Meanwhile the Prime Minister has appointed former Chief Secretary to the National Government Robert Igara and Dr Thomas Webster to the BRC.