RECONCILIATION BETWEEN WARRING GROUPS ON BOUGAINVILLE STRENGTHENS PEACE PROCESS

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RECONCILIATION ON BOUGAINVILLE STRENGTHENS PEACE PROCESS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (March 23, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)--- A planned Bougainville reconciliation ceremony on Nissan Island between different rebel factions from Kieta and Arawa is expected to strengthen the ongoing peace process.

In addition to the rebel groups, the ceremony also is expected to be attended by leaders of the Bougainville Transitional Government , The National newspaper reports.

The ceremony is among many other peace and reconciliation meetings now being held throughout the formerly secessionist, copper-rich Papua New Guinea island, with people coming together to promote a complete end to the decade-long war through peaceful means.

A permanent Bougainville cease fire is planned to take effect at midnight April 30.

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