NOOSA - Papua New Guinea’s governor-general Sir Bob Dadae says the country’s disintegration is ‘inevitable’ if Bougainville continues to press for secession and other provinces seek autonomy.
Dadae called on the Marape government not to entertain requests from provinces to break away and seek independence.
Speaking at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Port Moresby, he said PNG is at the crossroads between prosperity and disintegration and facing one of its toughest periods since independence.
Presumably referring to Bougainville, he said disintegration was inevitable as “one of its 600 islands” continues to press for secession with three other provinces “granted the nod to pursue the highest form of autonomy” similar to that currently prevailing in Bougainville.
He said PNG must do all it can to remain as one nation, observing the requirements of the national constitution and allowing no shortcuts.
NBC News also reported Dadae as urging people to reflect on the many Papua New Guineans who lost their lives serving the country.
He said people should respect the decisions and sacrifices of their forebears and leaders in bringing the country to independence.
Dadae said every Papua New Guinean must respect them by living in peace and unity.