Bougainville ups inclusiveness to Musingku and Koike
Buka Town: Efforts are being made in Bougainville to bring the last two separatist groups in the autonomous region of Papua New Guinea into the peace process. In just over three months Bougainvilleans will vote in a referendum on independence from PNG and efforts are being made to unite the province ahead of that vote. Last week most of the former combatants reconciled – committing to the referendum and the gun disposal programme - and formed a consolidated group called the Bougainville Veterans.
But two Me’ekamui groups are still outside the process - those led by Damian Koike and Noah Musingku, and the Bougainville Veterans are now approaching both groups.