16 Mar 2020

Bougainville's JSB to take on new shape after latest meeting

From , 5:03 am on 16 March 2020

The agency that oversees the Bougainville Peace Agreement has changed its name in the wake of last year's overwhelming referendum result.

In that vote 98 percent of Bougainvilleans said they wanted to be independent of Papua New Guinea.

The Joint Supervisory Body, the JSB, which is made up of both governments, met last Thursday in Port Moresby.

PNG's Minister of Communication, Tim Masiu, who is also MP for South Bougainville, was at the meeting and told Don Wiseman about some of the key decisions.

East coast of Bougainville.

East coast of Bougainville. Photo: RNZ Pacific / Johnny Blades

Mr Masiu also says shares in Bougainville Copper Ltd, the company that ran the controversial Panguna mine, which were given to the PNG Government by Rio Tinto, have now been handed to the Autonomous Bougainville Government.  

The Bougainville Government is also seeking a clarification on what is meant by the term 'ratification'.

This as the region prepares for consultations on the results of last year's referendum, 

After consultations, which are set to begin following this year's Bougainville elections, the PNG parliament is to consider ratification. 

The Bougainville President John Momis told the meeting the results of the referendum cannot be ignored. 

The meeting agreed that the justice departments of both governments would work on an agreed definition of what is meant by 'ratification.'