The peace agreement signed in 2001 on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG), ended the most violent conflict in the South Pacific since World War II. Triggered by disputes in the late-1960s between local landowners and the international proprietors of the world’s largest copper and gold mine, armed resistance in the 1980s met an abusive response from the PNG security forces.
The peace agreement signed in 2001 on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG), ended the most violent conflict in the South Pacific since World War II. Weaving consensus: the Papua New Guinea - Bougainville peace process (Accord issue 12, 2002) outlines an extraordinary array of creative initiatives and interventions that succeeded not only in ending the organised violence but brought together Bougainvillean society within a national framework. The process defined a negotiated settlement acceptable to all.
This article by Mariama Conteh of Conciliation Resources argues that communities living along state borders in the Mano River Union countries have a spirit of peaceful co-existence which needs to be embraced and protected.
'It is only when the truth has been told that real reconciliation will begin'. Dr Dennis Bright, Commission for the Consolidation of Peace, explores the benefits and challenges of setting up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone.
Is the grant of a six-month extension to the government of Sierra Leone ahead of elections a poor decision or a golden opportunity for national unity? Dr Dennis Bright analyses the situation in this speech.