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Papua New Guinea

The beginning of good things to come

BY GORETHY KENNETH

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill leaves a great legacy on Bougainville if he decides to leave politics, Bougainville President John Momis said when thanking him during the special joint supervisory body meeting.

Mr Momis thanked Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for his leadership and commitment on Bougainville and for at last agreeing to the question to be put which will now allow all Bougainvilleans to determine their future.

“Prime Minister, I want to thank you once again and say you leave a great legacy when you decide to leave politics because this problem has been a perennial problem in PNG and Bougainville, self-determination has been a perennial problem in PNG and Bougainville ever since first Bougainvilleans decided to secede from PNG, and I think what we are to do henceforth, all goes well for both PNG people and Bougainvilleans,” Mr Momis said.

“I fully endorse what the Prime Minister said and I congratulate him for his creative leadership and determined leadership, and I feel comfortable that with the joint effort we have made so far, we will achieve a good outcome when we implement fully all the peace agreement,” he said.

“I believe if we act with integrity, the outcome will be good for both sides. We now stand at a threshold as I stated before, under this regime, the people will enjoy for the first time the right and freedom to participate not only in the joint services but participate in producing and being productive in the country, in a political order, economic and social order.

“I think that’s to me, that is what self determination is all about if people are involved in the process of development, whether it is politics or economics, people will be committed to ensure that there is stability and freedom in the country.

“Papua New Guinea is a highly diversified country, the conglomeration of different types of people, we have so far managed to maintain the unity of the people and I think that is because our laws and policies respect the principal of subsidiary, in other words allowing people and provincial governments to play their role in the overall scheme.

“This is the beginning of good things to come in the future.”

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