30 August, 2016
“I am honoured to make a statement on behalf of the United Nations during this momentous occasion to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
Today’s event marks a significant milestone in the Bougainville peace process, as it reminds us all of the deleterious effects of conflict on development. It also highlights the need to always seek the path of constructive and sustained dialogue to resolve differences.
The signing of the BPA on 30th August 2001 ushered in a new path in Bougainville’s recent history and a new trajectory for lasting peacebuilding in Bougainville. The inextricable link between peace and development cannot be overemphasized. Experience worldwide shows that without peace there can be no development and without development it is difficult to sustain peace.