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Me’ekamui lays down arms, joins with Bougainville government

The integration of the Me’ekamui faction on Bougainville remains a priority of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) as it prepares for the referendum.

In a small but significant ceremony the ABG president John Momis and his cabinet held a ceremony of unity with the Me’ekamui faction from Panguna.

Commander of the Mekamui Defence Force Moses Pipiro is a central character in the faction who has encouraged realignment with the ABG.

“From the outset I must pay tribute to our president John Momis for his leadership in the last 40 years,” Pipiro said.

“President Momis’ leadership has set the layout for Bougainville in our journey to self-determination as we prepare a future for all the people of Bougainville,” he added.

“It is time for all Bougainvilleans to unite and support our President, our leaders from the ABG and our national MP’s must come together and pave the way forward for our people,” Pipiro said.

“We fought a revolution against oppression and so our dreams of independence must be realised.”

Momis thankedPipiro for his consistency and commitment to peace and unity as well as dealing with the ABG.

“Me’ekamui must be made a part of the ABG.

“They are our people and deserve to be part of the process of self-determination,” Momis said.

“I must thank Mr Pipiro for being courageous and having the confidence to open up dialogue with the ABG to realign itself with the rest of Bougainville.”

“Pipiro’s actions is a display of leadership and his commitment to peace and unity on Bougainville,” President Momis said.

Momis made it clear that the ceremony was not in any way to entice the landowners of Panguna mine.

He said the ceremony between the ABG and the Me’ekamui was a way forward to being prepared for the referendum to decide Bougainville’s political future.

Momis said the ABG is ready to work with the Me’ekamui factions.

This is in a bid to engage them in a collaborative manner to ensure a successful outcome of the referendum.

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