With a referendum due next year, Peter O’Neill promises to uphold peace agreement but insists MPs must endorse outcome

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Papua New Guinea’s prime minister has warned foreigners shouldn’t treat the prospects of an independent Bougainville as a “plaything”.

The autonomous region, which has a population of about 230,000 people – similar in size to that of Hobart – is due to have a referendum on whether to become independent next year.

PNG signed a peace agreement with Bougainville in 2001 after a decade-long civil war that shut down the giant Panguna copper-gold mine.

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