Bougainvil­le ups in­clu­sive­ness to Mus­ingku and Koike

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News -

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.

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