UN To PNG: Handle Bougainville Negotiations ‘Carefully’

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2015 is election year, plans for referendum to get under way

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 5, 2015) – United Nations resident coordinator Roy Trivedy has called on the Government to handle carefully negotiations with the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Trivedy said 2015 was a big year for Bougainville because they would have presidential and ABG elections.

"These elections will of course help the people of Bougainville to start thinking about the referendum process," Trivedy said.

He said if the Government got it wrong, it would be bad for Bougainville and the nation.

Trivedy said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s two visits to Bougainville last year was good and should be maintained to keep the trust of the people of Bougainville.

He said 2014 had been a very good year for PNG as the country had overcome some big challenges, including peace talks with heads of the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

"The challenges last year were huge but the Government was able to tackle issues of national importance," he said.

According to sources in Bougainville, issue of writs for the elections will take place in March by the ABG Speaker Andrew Miriki.

Polling will start in June.


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