Then National, Tuesday 11th September, 2012
THE new regional member for Bougainville, Joe Lera, wants to work with the three national members of parliament and the Autonomous Bougainville Government to address the autonomy issue between the national government and Bougainville.
The four parliamentarians are expected to attend when the ABG House of Representative convenes today for its September session.
The four MPs are Lauta Atoi member for North Bougainville, Communications and Information Minister and member for Central Bougainville Jimmy Miringtoro, Minister for Bougainville Affairs and Autonomy and member for South Bougainville Steven Pirika and Lera.
It is understood this is the first time that national MPs and those from ABG will be seen to be working together since the region gained autonomy in 2005.
Lera assured the people of Bougainville the attendance of their respective members complemented the recent reconciliation in Port Moresby between the four MPs and the ABG leadership.
Lera hopes to work alongside his colleagues and the ABG to address the autonomy issue between the national government and the people of Bougainville.