Amid singing, dancing and the beat of drums, John Momis, the president of Papua New Guinea's region of Bougainville, was one of the first to cast his ballot early on Saturday in a referendum on whether to become the world's newest nation.
Papua New Guinea's petroleum
minister flagged on Friday that talks with Exxon Mobil Corp
tied to a $13 billion gas expansion had reached an
impasse as the U.S. oil giant was unwilling to negotiate on the
Twenty years after combatants snapped arrows to signal the end of hostilities in the Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville, voters will on Saturday cast ballots in a long-awaited independence referendum.
Papua New Guinea is set to start talks
with Exxon Mobil Corp to try to negotiate better terms
from the P'Nyang Gas Project, Minister for Petroleum Kerenga Kua
said on Friday, with an agreement expected by the end of the
month if all goes well.
An independence referendum in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) region of Bougainville will be peaceful and credible, the chief electoral official said on Wednesday, and it will help heal the wounds of a bloody, decade-long civil war.
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