PNG PM: Autonomy Of Bougainville ‘Far From Full Implementation’

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People say Autonomy ‘has done nothing for them’: O’Neill

By Malum Nalu

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Feb. 20, 2015) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the autonomy arrangement for Bougainville is far from full implementation.

He said that yesterday when presenting a statement to Parliament on a joint review of Bougainville’s autonomy arrangements by the Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

"Overall, the review was conducted successfully, but the findings generally show that the autonomy arrangement is far from full implementation," O’Neill said.

"Ten years on since the establishment of the ABG Government in 2005, many Bougainville people are saying that autonomy has done nothing for them, and that they have seen no progress.

"Some people even said that if the ABG is not ready, then the Government will not deliver on the referendum.

"This is the first review and given the significant Government support to Bougainville in recent years, the next review is expected to show some progress in the progress of the autonomy arrangements for Bougainville."

The ABG is preparing for elections this year.

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