Minister: Bougainville Activities Will Accord With Peace Agreement

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PNG Foreign Affairs chief seeks to reassure President Momi

By Samuel Raitano

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 22, 2015) – Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato has re-assured Bougainville President John Momis that all peace building activities on the island will be conducted in accordance with the Peace Agreement.

Mr Pato said all activities on Bougainville including all administration, business or development projects must be conducted in accordance with the Agreement.

"It is the National Govern-ment’s duty to ensure that this happens."

"We are doing exactly that," Mr Pato said.

He said the Bougainville Peace Agreement also defined defence, immigration and foreign relations as the national government powers and functions.

Mr Pato said it was the National Government prerogative to speak out on sovereignty issues including matters concerning relations with other governments and international organisations.

"It is also the National Governments prerogative to ensure that our nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is respected by other governments and organisations."

"I reiterate that we highly value donor assistance from abroad provided to PNG but that does not give license to anyone to disrespect our nation, institutions and people."

Mr Pato said the Department is in active dialogue with partners, including the Australian Government, to ensure the recently imposed travel ban is managed without affecting development activities on Bougainville and the ABG elections which are now in progress.

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