The local people sued for compensation and the case went to the High Court of Australia. Carteret was also the first European to see Buka Island. [14] A native police force was quickly established. The PNG government and Bougainville Copper initially made attempts to resolve some of the outstanding issues, and offered an expensive compromise deal, which was rejected outright by Ona and Kauona. The BRA subsequently undertook retaliatory action in northern Bougainville and on Buka. [34], In November 1988 Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) returned to attacked the mine, holding up its magazine, stealing explosives, and committing numerous acts of arson and sabotage. The above three campaign agendas will be part of a much bigger vision, which the people of Bougainville expressed in the form of the Bougainville Crisis 31 years ago. Although initially supportive, the commander of the PNGDF, Jerry Singirok, then opposed the plan, and ordered all the mercenaries to be detained on arrival. An organised reconciliation process began at the tribal level in the early 2000s. However, since November 1988 the nation has been overshadowed by the most serious national crisis since independence in 1975. These embarrassed the PNG government, which arrested more than 20 men in the army after an investigation. [3] The "obvious immediate origin for its first colonists" of Bougainville is the Bismarck Archipelago to the north, where sites have been identified dating back 35,000 to 40,000 years. In March 2005, Dr Shaista Shameem of the United Nations working group on mercenaries asked Fiji and Papua New Guinea for permission to send a team to investigate the presence of former Fijian soldiers in Bougainville. [19], The Australians had adopted many aspects of the previous German Administration. However, the attack was a disaster, suffering from poor logistical planning and determined resistance by BRA fighters. In 1942, Bougainville was occupied by Japanese forces, who used it as a base to attack Guadalcanal and other Allied territory. A peace agreement was reached in 2001, by which it was agreed that an autonomous region would be established and an independence referendum would be held; the latter was held in 2019. 30.04.2011 Source: Solomon Star. They sought international recognition through the United Nations, but were unsuccessful. In addition, they were concerned about adverse environmental effects, while seeing most of the mine profits leaving the island. They claimed that the Jaba River had been poisoned, causing birth defects among local people, as well as the extinction of the flying fox on the island and adverse effects on fish and other species. After more than 20,000 years of occupation of the islands, the people of Bougainville have not had their own nation since Europeans arrived more than a century ago. This was rumored to be retaliation for a road accident in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. PNG’s Kauona criticised by Europe-based BCL shareholders. The outbreak of WWI changed the power structure in the Pacific and in 1914, Bougainville and other islands nearby, including what is now Papua New Guinea, fell under the control of Australian forces. They also failed in an attempt to unite with the Solomon Islands. [6], By late 1988 tensions over the mine had led to local violence. [65][66], 1988–1998 armed conflict in Papua New Guinea. [11] The present-day boundary between Bougainville and the country of Solomon Islands was established following the Tripartite Convention of 1899, which saw some of the northern islands ceded to the UK in exchange for German control over Western Samoa. There are currently no recorded cases of COVID-19 in Bougainville, however, the government of the region considered the threat of an outbreak justified the extension. 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