In the next three weeks the people of Bougainville will have elected our four National Members of Parliament who will form the 11th National Parliament of Papua New Guinea.
As President of Bougainville, I am extending an invitation to meet with our four new National MP’s straight after their declarations before they travel to Port Moresby to form the next government.
Bougainville is at a very crucial stage in our political journey to independence so it is imperative that all our leaders at all levels are well acquainted with the political developments that have transpired between the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the National Government in the last two years.
We have developed with the National Government a timeline for Bougainville’s political independence that stipulates that the outcome must happen no earlier than 2025, and no later than 2027.
We have also signed with the National Government the Era Kone Covenant which is the roadmap for the ratification of the 2019 Referendum Results.
There are several other important agreements and processes initiated by both governments in the last two years that complement the Timeline and the Era Kone Covenant and set about the legal framework for Bougainville attaining independence.
Securing our independence through the Ratification by the National Parliament will be done by the soon to be formed 11th Parliament of Papua New Guinea, a parliament which our four new National MP’s will be a part of.
It is important that our new National MP’s understand these processes so that they can better represent the felt needs and aspirations of the people of Bougainville and be the true voice of Independence within the halls of the National Parliament.
This is the last PNG National General Elections that Bougainville will take part in so our new National MP’s must work with the Autonomous Bougainville Government to ensure Bougainville attains nothing less than Independence when the Referendum Results are ratified by the 11th National Parliament.
Now is not the time for compromising our Independence aspirations. We have fought and died for independence, we made peace for independence and we unanimously voted for independence in an internationally recognized referendum. It is our divine right and we will have nothing less than Independence for the people of Bougainville.
Hon. Ishmael Toroama, MHR
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