Document Type

Book Chapter


Like other peace agreements made to end civil wars in other parts of the world, the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement did not settle all outstanding issues between parties involved in the previous violence. Rather, the Agreement provides a baseline and a set of subsequent institutional arrangements for addressing and resolving differences through democratic processes sanctioned by laws giving effect to the Agreement. The baseline involves a shared commitment to secure lasting peace by peaceful means - to be implemented through weapons disposal, immunity from prosecution for Bougainville crisis-related activities, a pledge to disband former combatant groups, and agreement to operate within the framework of the Papua New Guinea Constitution as amended to give legal effect to the Agreement.