UN APPROVES CREATION OF PNG-BOUGAINVILLE POLITICAL OFFICE

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UNITED NATIONS, New York (June 18, 1998 - Radio Australia/Ioane)---The United Nations Security Council has approved the creation of a UN political office in Papua New Guinea, to monitor a peace agreement with Bougainville separatists.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, Security Council President Antonio Monteiro said the 15-member council agreed with the UN chief's proposal to set up the five-man office in Bougainville.

The office, to be headed by a director backed by two political and two military advisers, is to remain in Bougainville until December, when elections are planned.

The Arawa peace treaty, which formally ended a 10-year civil war on Papua New Guinea's Bougainville island, was signed on April 30.

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