"We are the indigenous people of our motherland Bougainville. We alone have to decide our future, our destiny. No outsider can decide for us" - John Momis, President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, 2013
BETWEEN 2015 and 2020, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is scheduled to hold a referendum on its future political status—that is, whether it should remain part of the southwest Pacific state of Papua New Guinea or progress to full independence.
The path to Bougainville’s referendum has been long, complex and costly.