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Audio: Don McKinnon Talks Melanesian Peacemaking

Scoop Foreign Correspondent:
Scoop Audio: Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon Talks Peace Making In Melanesia


Interview & Report By Scoop Co-Editor Alastair Thompson on Assignment in Papua New Guinea and the Solomons – Image By Jason Dorday


Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon talks to media following the Pacific Island Forum plenary meeting

Listen to the interview with Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon (9.5 mins)
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Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon attended this year's Pacific Island Forum in Papua New Guinea in advance of a personal visit back to the location of one of his greatest personal achievements in diplomacy, brokering of the late 1990s peace agreement between Bougainville rebels and the PNG Government.

Mr McKinnon, a former NZ Foreign Minister in National's Bolger Government, Saturday took his wife and son on a day trip to Bougainville to dedicate a primary school library to which he has contributed personally.

In the interview linked above Mr McKinnon talks about his planned trip to Bougainville and about his involvement in the brokering of the peace agreement.

Scoop asked Mr McKinnon if there were any lessons to be learnt from Bougainville for the context of the current independence struggle in West Papua. Mr McKinnon was unwilling to be drawn into the discussion however.

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