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Governments to establish treaty commission to oversee consultation process

President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Hon Chief Dr John Momis has called on the National Government of Papua New Guinea to jointly establish a treaty commission to supervise the process of consultation that is contemplated under the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

He made this call when presenting his speech at the Bougainville Referendum Announcement ceremony in Arawa today that was attended by the Prime Minister and his delegates.

 “A treaty commission should be jointly established under the National Government and ABG Laws with representatives of both governments and the guarantee on inclusive involvement of all the stakeholders of Bougainville.

He added that the outcome of the process of consultation would be an agreement about the way forward which is captured in a treaty between the National government and the transitional government of Bougainville

“We stand ready to engage the National Government in a spirit of collaboration to deal with the post referendum issues in the hope of achieving lasting peace by agreeing on a negotiated outcome,” Dr Momis said.

Meanwhile Hon James Marape acknowledged Bougainvilleans for the choice they had made and assured them of his commitment to work with the government on the ground to ensure that all processes are followed to reach that desired outcome.

“It is a great challenge but every one of us must work together and take ownership in ensuring that our people’s future, mutual interests and respect is of importance going forward,” Hon James Marape said. 

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