BRUCE HILL | ABC News
A Bougainvillean politician has condemned a statement by Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter O'Neill that a yes vote in the referendum on Bougainville independence doesn't necessarily mean the island will actually get independence.
Mr O'Neill was reported in The Australian newspaper as saying independence for Bougainville the responsibility of the national parliament.
Bougainville President John Momis told Pacific Beat that in the 2019 referendum he expects 70% of the people will vote to break away from PNG.
Deputy speaker of the Bougainville parliament and MP for Bougainville North, Francesca Semoso, says Peter O'Neill's statement flies in the face of the right of Bougainvilleans to determine their own future, as laid out in the peace agreement which formally ended the civil war.