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Let My People Go! That Was The Simple Clear Message From Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama To Papua New Guinea And Australia Yesterday

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December 10, 2021/BY GORETHY KENNETH

It was so boldly precise, that one could have heard a pin drop in the conference room of the Joint Consultation session on Bougainville in Port Moresby yesterday.

In a biblical Moses like plea, Mr Toroama bluntly told the PNG Government: “let my people go!”The Bougainville leader also lashed out at Australia for interfering in the affairs of Bougainville by advising PNG not to let Bougainville gain independence.

Mr Toroama said time has been wasted citing several anomalies and specific issues ranging from failure to betrayal and neglect and noting vital issues and agendas that were not addressed over the years.

Mr Toroama called on the Papua New Guinea Government to make a clear declaration to his people, its’ plans for giving independence to Bougainville, within the time frame set in the Wabag roadmap.But Prime Minister James Marape defended that Bougainville Independence will still go through the legal processes, constitutional amendments including Parliament ratification and would take time.

He said Bougainville still remained part and parcel of PNG therefore the National Government still had a major role in the political settlement of Bougainville.

Mr Marape also stressed the need for capacity building, infrastructure, and economic independence among others, including the legality and parliamentary procedures entailed and enshrined in the constitution.

But Mr Toroama was steadfast when delivering his speech, and also lashed out at Australia for allegedly advising PNG against Bougainville Independence and for Bougainville Copper Limited and PNG Government for failing Bougainville.“

I, as the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, now call upon the PNG Government to make a clear declaration to this Joint Consultation and to the people of Bougainville, its’ plans for giving independence to Bougainville, within the time frame set in the Wabag roadmap,” Toroama said.After reading out his 6-page statement Toroama said: “Today Mr Chairman, I stand here to say only one thing: My friend Hon James Marape, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, I appeal to you, it is now time to let my people go!”“

I wish to state that as far as my government is concerned, we have taken the “consultation avenue” as far as we can.

The timing is now right to address “head on” the long historical issue of independence as expressed in the Referendum result,” he said.“We the leaders of Bougainville hereby declare to Papua New Guinea and the United Nations, the facts on which our long-standing pursuit for political independence is founded.https://postcourier.com.pg/374158-2/

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