Bougainville Separatists Willing To Work With Government On Independence Referendum


PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan 11, 2017) – The Meekamui Defense Force (MDF) General and Paramount Chief for the Kurabang clan, Chris Uma, held a customary reconciliation with three people that he and his group killed during the Bougainville Crisis.

And during the ceremony he said that he was willing to work with the Autonomous Bougainville Government in the referendum period to achieve what 20, 000 Bougainvilleans died for.

Mr Uma and his group as part of working together for the first time has stood publicly in front of a large crowd at the Bel Isi Park in Buka during the opening of the ‘Bougainville Yumi Wan Festival’ with the theme ‘Celebrating Unity in Diversity: We may be different yet we are one’ that began today ends on Friday.

During his speech, he stressed on vital points about the Bougainville culture and how one should approach.

"We have washed our island with blood and we fought with human beings, white man came and destroyed our culture and also destroyed our environment and that is why we went into the crisis period.

“I am here to bring my contribution to unity and diversity towards the way forward of referendum and I will contribute from Buin to Kesa in Buka in a customary way,” said Mr Uma.

He said he will now sit with the ABG to discuss working together for the way forward.

After giving his speech, Mr Uma and his group performed on stage singing a song that he composed when the Iconic Statue of Our Lady of Fatima visited Bougainville last year.

The festival was celebrated with live band, choir, traditional dance, contemporary dance and drama.

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