| President, Autonomous Region of Bougainville
Source: New Dawn FM News
BUKA - Bougainville has truly lost one of its great sons in the passing of Reuben Siara.
Reuben was a man who believed in Bougainville’s aspirations for independence and contributed immensely to our revolutionary cause.
At a time when many people fled Bougainville as the crisis erupted in the late 1980s, Reuben was one of the very few professionals who stayed back to fight for our cause.
As a lawyer, he was legal counsel to the Bougainville Revolutionary Army high command and one of Francis Ona's top advisors.
He was the person who crafted the 1990 Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
Reuben was a voice of reason to the BRA hierarchy and counseled on legal matters that would lay the foundation for Bougainville’s independence.
Despite his remaining a staunch Mekamui supporter, I must commend him for his approach to peaceful integration with the Autonomous Bougainville Government.
Reuben was instrumental in having the Mekamui Faction integrated into the ABG and opening its doors to development and services to the Panguna area.
As president of Bougainville and a friend of Reuben Siara, I am deeply saddened by his passing.
We will remember him by his patriotism and his will to progress the ideals of our revolutionary cause in times of war and times of peace.
On behalf of the ABG and the people of Bougainville, I offer our condolences to the family of Reuben.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.