Bougainville leaders talk independence

Buka-- A Bougainville Leaders Consultation Forum was convened last week to engage leaders from various sectors to share ideas on Bougainville’s preparations on post-referendum.

Vice President Patrick Nisira while officially opening the forum stressed the importance of leaders representing various sections of the community in Bougainville to contribute in sharing ideas and collaborate on a mission to secure independence for Bougainville.

“Your presence is endorsed by the Bougainville Executive Council to be advisors to the Bougainville Consultation Team to share ideas on Bougainville’s preparation on post referendum,” he said.

“We have a lot to prepare after our people voted 97.7 percent for independence and weight of expectations is upon us as leaders to deliver on that promising future.”

In preparation for the consultation, BEC had agreed to organize consultations in three major groups – the Bougainville Leaders Consultation Forum, Bougainville Consultation Team and the Joint Supervisory Body.