Posts Tagged ‘Autonomous Bougainville Region’

Cardinal Ribat leads church leaders on Bougainville fact finding mission

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Church leaders from Papua New Guinea led by Cardinal John Ribat the Archbishop of Port Moresby arrived in Buka on Tuesday. They were on a fact-finding mission to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville ahead of next year’s planned vote on possible independence. The aim of the mission was to understand the role churches could play Read more

Bougainville Bishop says Church neutral on independence

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

In June next year, Bougainville will be voting to decide if it is to become independent from Papua New Guinea. The bishop of Bougainville, Bernard Unabali, says the church will support whatever the outcome would be – independence or autonomy. He said this when preaching at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral at Hahela in Buka Read more

Bougainville’s course is set – no turning back now

Monday, March 26th, 2018

A visit by three former Papua New Guinea prime ministers in an attempt to stop Bouganvilleans voting for independence is a “complete waste of time and absurd,” says Martin Miriori, a leading figure in the Bougainville separatist movement. Miriori is the former Bougainville Interim Government (BIG) and the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) and Secretary and Read more

Landowners satisfied with plan to re-open Bougainville copper mine

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
copper mine

Bougainville Copper Limited’s (BCL) proposal to the Autonomous Bougainville Government (AGB) on re-opening Panguna copper mine has brought satisfaction to landowners. The details of the BCL forward plans for Panguna were made at a presentation by the company recently. The chairman of the Port Mine Access Road, Mr Peter Miriona, said the proposal was satisfactory Read more

The gaping hole carved into mountains… not our problem

Friday, September 9th, 2016

THE gaping hole carved into mountains was at one point the world’s largest open-cut copper mine. Now Rio Tinto is saying,  “not our problem.” This controversial pit became the flashpoint for a bitter civil war in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s that cost as many as 20,000 lives. Now, 27 years after the war Read more

Reconciliation celebrated in Solomon Islands

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

The Solomon Islands Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace which has just completed a week of national reconciliation ceremonies for Solomon Islands own ethnic crisis in 1998, now wants to pursue reconciliation with PNG and Bougainville. Organisers of a week of reconciliation ceremonies held in Solomon Islands say the programme is a first step Read more