Disposal of weapons

BUKA – Weapons disposal remains a major concern on Bougainville as it prepares for a referendum, says Parliamentary Bougainville Referendum Committtee chairman William Powi.

He said this when commending people and leaders of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville for their support of the committee comprising Powi, Nuku MP Joe Sungi, Madang Governor Jim Kas and Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat.

The committee was in Bougainville from October 10-19.

“Parliament will table the report which will encompass our findings and consultations,” Mr Powi said.

“Bougainville is very important for this country.

“Bougainville, according to its referendum schedule, will hold the referendum in April 2019.”

Mr Powi said one of the major problems was the proliferation of firearms which needed to be dispersed.

“It (weapons disposal) is one of the most-important features in the peace agreement,” he said.

“In my view, it is a big challenge.

“Weapons must be disposed in order for the referendum to be successful.”

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