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Bougainville issue must not be taken lightly, says Akoitai
8:32 pm GMT+12, 10/07/2019, Papua New Guinea

The Bougainville issue is a lesson for PNG and should not be taken lightly, Central Bougainville MP Sam Akoitai said.
 
He said the Bougainville issue had and would destroy the PNG economy if not handled well.
 
“The Bougainville issue is a lesson for Papua New Guinea and all of us national leaders and the government, and the leadership especially,” Akoitai said.
 
“I have actually learnt a lot from the Bougainville issue myself.
 
“The Bougainville issue would not have happened if certain leaders made a decision quickly to review the Bougainville Copper Agreement, among others.
 
“I am saying this because I see same sentiments arising already, you look at the Rouna issue, where landowners come, demand compensation, we give money and they go away, money finish and they come back, we don’t give money they lock up gates and electricity affected and the cycle continues.
 
“I tell you, the Bougainville issue started exactly that way. If we don’t address these issues, then I can say we actually have not learnt from the Bougainville issue.
 
“I want us to seriously take back PNG by addressing things like this. We need to start seriously addressing issues of concern especially those in front of us
 
“I want also to remind all members that the Bougainville Peace Agreement is a joint creation and the implementation of this BPA is of the national government and ABG.
 
“Bougainville is a sad situation and I want us to deal with it diligently and take that as a lesson for all of us so we don’t make another mistake anywhere in PNG,” he said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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