Report – By Aloysius Laukai in Buin
Autonomous Bougainville Region President Dr John Momis has warned Bougainvilleans to make sure that they accept the outcome of the referendum – whatever it may be – when the vote is taken on a date to be set by the current Parliament.
He was speaking at the Buin market in South Bougainville.
Dr Momis said that the people must make sure Bougainville was ready for the referendum when the time came.
He said that Bougainvilleans were privileged with this unique opportunity to decide their future. However, they needed to clear other outstanding issues to get a good result that would be accepted by all.
The President said that weapons disposal and good governance were issues the people must address to see a good outcome with the referendum.
He said although good governance and weapons disposal would not stop the conduct of the referendum, it could create doubt on the result making it difficult for the national government to ratify the result.
The ABG President called on all Bougainvilleans to make sure they were fully aware that they owned the peace process and had no outsider to blame if the referendum fails.
Aloysius Laukai is editorial manager of New Dawn Radio in Bougainville.