September 26, 2019

ABG President Momis expresses Condolences on passing of Sinato

Autonomous Bougainville Government President, Chief Dr John Momis has expressed his condolences over the passing of prominent Bougainvillean politician, the late Gerald Sinato.

Mr Sinato passed away on Monday this week.

President Momis described Mr Sinato as a man of principle who served Bougainville with commitment and who was committed to seeing Bougainville prosper peacefully.

Mr Sinato was one of the leaders who played an instrumental role in the initial negotiations to end the Bougainville Crisis in 1997 in New Zealand.

He was also a signatory to the Bougainville Peace Agreement signed in Arawa in 2001.

Prior to the crisis, he served as the Deputy Premier of the then North Solomons Provincial Government in 1985.

Mr Sinato became the second premier of the Bougainville Transitional Government in November 1996 after the assassination of the late Theodore Miriung.

He went on to hold similar roles with the Bougainville People’s Congress, the Bougainville Interim Provincial Government and was also a member of the Bougainville Constitutional Commission.

Mr Sinato’s last major role in public office was as the Member for Teua Constituency from 2005 to 2010 under the government of the late Joseph Kabui.

The late Gerald Sinato is from Kiakara Village in the Kunua District of North Bougainville.

NBC News/ONE PNG News
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