BOUGAINVILLE PEACE GROUP HOLDS FIRST MEETING

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By Robert Tapi

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 26, 1998 - Post-Courier)--- Leaders of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and the Bougainville Interim Government will travel to Buka today to meet with technical officers from the Bougainville Transitional Government and the national Government in the first meeting of the Provincial Peace Consultative Committee (PPCC).

Included in the BRA/BIG delegation are Martin Miriori, Mike Foster, General Sam Kauona and Jonathan Ngati. It is not known whether or not Mr. Joseph Kabui will attend the meeting to be held at the Sohano Lodge.

Members of the national Government delegation that arrived in Buka yesterday include Defense Force Commander Leo Nuia, Police Commissioner Peter Aigilo, Secretary Robert Igara of the Prime Minister's Department, Secretary Bill Dihm of Bougainville Affairs and senior officers.

The PPCC will deliberate on issues contained in the Lincoln Agreement, the Arawa cease-fire and the recently signed Buin Declaration of the Pan Bougainville Leaders Congress.

Bougainvilleans who hide behind the barrel of the gun with a mission to destroy the Bougainville peace process were urged yesterday to stop because they are working against the wishes of the people of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and the international community, BTG Premier Gerard Sinato said.

He said such violent acts should be condemned by BRA/BIG political and military leaders, strongly urging BRA/BIG leaders to "disarm those responsible for acts of violence, for the sake of peace and unity in Bougainville.''

"For how long will the people of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, and representatives from outside countries continue to be subjected to armed hold-ups and ambush by armed youths of Bougainville?'' he said.

Mr. Sinato said BRA leader Sam Kauona needed to step up his visits to other areas in Bougainville to stress the importance of observing the cease-fire and to discuss a process of disarmament in Bougainville.  "The success of the Bougainville peace process is in the hands of the people of Bougainville,'' he said.

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