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Momis farewelled in Beijing

By Fabian Hakalits PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 18, 2010) – In Papua New Guinea (PNG), the People’s Republic of China has farewelled one of the country’s top aspiring political leaders, PNG’s Ambassador to China, John Lawrence Momis.

Mr. Momis resigned from his diplomatic post as the head of mission of the Papua New Guinea embassy in Beijing, China to contest the presidency seat in the 2010 second Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) general election.

John Momis’s departure will leave a space in the Pacific Island diplomatic world and will be a loss to the Pacific community in Beijing where he is widely respected.

Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Yang Jiechi expressed great satisfaction for the work done by Mr. Momis in promoting the bilateral relations between China and PNG.

"The work he did will not be forgotten by those who have known him, especially with people from different walks of life. His personality and influence is outstanding leadership quality which has inspired people from different nationalities."

"This has gained him respect from the business and diplomatic community and government circles in Beijing," he said.

He said Mr. Momis had set a benchmark in the bilateral relations between China and PNG, which was shown by the recognition that the Chinese Government had given to him.

Mr. Momis was the de facto Chairman of the Constitutional Planning Committee of Papua New Guinea, which was responsible for compiling the PNG Constitution.

Yang Jiechi assured that Mr. Momis’s return to the political arena in Bougainville would bring insights and directions as to how the region was to be run that is at the verge of constitutional formulation and decision-making which is an asset to the people of Bougainville and Papua New Guinea.

Mr. Momis will lead the newly revived New Bougainville Party which if elected would pursue, promote and provide good governance and honest leadership.

It would be one of the objectives to fight corruption, which is growing within ABG’s administration, to promote unity, peace and development, revisit the peace process with specific attention given to guns disposal and other law and order problems affecting the development in Bougainville and to ensure that the Bougainville peace agreement was intact.

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