Bougainville's Momis wants clear direction set for post referendum

12:57 pm on 11 September 2019

The government of the Papua New Guinea autonomous region of Bougainville wants this Friday's meeting of the Joint Supervisory Body to set a clear direction for what happens after the referendum.

Bougainville President John Momis

Bougainville President John Momis Photo: supplied

From 23 November Bougainvilleans are to vote on whether they want to be independent of PNG.

In an historic first, the PNG Cabinet is holding a meeting in Buka today and Prime Minister James Marape is addressing the Bougainville parliament.

On Friday in Buin, in the south, the JSB, which oversees the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, is to meet.

"Bougainvilleans are keen to see a clear direction set for the period after the referendum, on-going support for weapons disposal across the region and payment of monies owed to Bougainville to support government services under the Bougainville Peace Agreement," Mr Momis said.

He said the Restoration and Development Grant has not been paid in full since the establishment of the autonomous government in 2005 and this has stalled improvements to services and infrastructure.

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