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Concern Papua New Guinea political instability might disrupt Bougainville independence talks

Residents of the autonomous region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea wait in line as part of a community health engagement at the Arawa Medical Clinic, July 3, 2015. (SrA Peter Reft/Wikimedia). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

PORT MORESBY, Nov 23, 2020, RNZ. Bougainville and the PNG Government are due to go into Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) talks late next week in Kokopo in East New Britain, Radio New Zealand reported.

President Toroama said the JSB must proceed to strengthen the rapport his government and Prime Minister James Marape have developed in the last two months.

The President also praised South Bougainville MP and cabinet minister, Tim Masiu, for staying with the prime minister’s faction.

He said this showed his commitment to the Bougainville process.

President Toroama said he’s confident the prime minister will be steadfast in his commitment to start developing a framework for negotiations on the referendum result.

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