13 10 2011


The National -Thursday 13th October, 2011

BOUGAINVILLE minister for finance and planning Albert Punghau has welcomed the peace initiative taken by his people to stop fighting.
Punghau, who is the member for Motuna Huyono Tokunutui in the autonomous region’s house of assembly, said he wanted his people to reconcile with each other and work for peace and development.
He made these remarks last week at the ceasefire ceremony of warring factions in the Siwai area, South Bougainville.
Punghau said he was pleased to see his people resort to peace instead of fighting each other over nothing.
He said their continuous infighting was a threat to the referendum on independence which would take place in four years.
He thanked Paul Hirah and his faction for their understanding and willingness to talk peace with the police in South Bougainville.
The ceremony was witnessed by the
United Nations pe




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