Reply to Chris Baria – ABG surrendering Bougainville to foreign corporations
Friend, you are right in expressing your valid concerns but firstly remember you the people of Bougainville, all Bougainvilleans dictate the future socio and economic development of Bougainville. Your elected officials in ABG are only mandated to do what the people of Bougainville want, not the other way around. If they do not do what you want or are found by proof to be corrupt in their dealings you the people have the right to imprison then and “kick them out of their office” immediately.
ALL DEALINGS should be transparent, open and easily understandable, not held in secret, with hidden agendas and kickbacks to certain individuals hidden in off-shore bank accounts.
The new “mining Law” is not what the “majority of Bougainvilleans want – GET IT CHANGED – Do not let some foreign Colonialist dictators “TELL YOU WHAT YOU NEED”.
Take charge of your future – You have the international rights to govern your own country, make your own laws and live by your own laws. Learn from the past 100 years not just the immediate past 65 years, get together with your elders and discuss your future.
The collective Council of Elders are all wise men honed by years of experience and cultural knowledge and the ways of the different invaders. Learn from the good and eliminate the bad and rise up to be a people of Power, United in your Common Purpose of Self Determinism for your future.
You have already won your independence, you are already a Free Nation now it is time to to unshackle the chains of illusion around your minds and all work in unity to develop your great nation and be recognised and traded with internationally under the same equal terms as any other nation.
You have everything in place, the unity of self-determinism is already established and growing in power, shaping economic development to sustain not only the recognised Government but the future for all Bougainvilleans.
You mentioned the peace agreement – Know what this piece of paper with ink on it is. It was a compromised solution to the senseless slaughter or each other at that time. Now this time has passed, educate yourselves as the why’s of the manipulated situation, learn the lessons and never let it happen again. “Your men and women of Renown” understand the past and are building your nation to take its place on the world stage as an independent Sovereign Nation in its own right.
All Bougainvilleans are coming together in unity as “one people”, as “one voice” “Bougainville for Bougainvilleans”
Any Foreign company that wants to help you develop Bougainville in the smallest way right through to the biggest developments must first understand these basic premises. You are not to allow any foreign exploitation of any of your natural resources. They are yours, for you to determine your suitable partners on your terms.
This relates especially to the new mining laws amended to what you want and the moratorium lifting to facilitate economic development and trade will find its own level. Again there must be unity, openness and clarity for all stake-holders so that the economic benefits will benefit all Bougainvilleans not just a few.
Beware of the “snakes in the woodpile”. By this I mean the wording of corporate documents that take advantage of your ignorance of international trade, The Governments , The agencies and the people who want to work in secret manipulating your minds, doing deals that are not transparent, open and understandable to Bougainvilleans. They are entrapers, manipulators of the truth with hidden agendas and seek to rule over you in ways that you will not understand.
I summarise by saying, do not sell yourselves short, You have all that you need. You have the resources, the manpower and the intelligence to chart your future. Whats missing is the cohesive unity of purpose as one voice one nation undivided by factions and agendas of the past. This is your time to stand unified as an Independent Sovereign Nation under God