The fighting ended in 1998 and in 2004 the final peace agreement which allows for a 15 year period for Bougainville to rebuild and then hold a referendum on whether they should become independent.
One of the criteria of the peace agreement is that the holding of the referendum is dependent upon Bougainville proving it has the financial capacity to become independent. Because of the islands immense natural resources PNG is standing in the way at every opportunity and of course Rio Tinto too are playing hardball over the re opening of the mine
So many lives lost, all in the name of greed.
enjoy the people. It is very hard not to
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