BOUGAINVILLE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SUSPENDED

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 1, 1999 - Radio Australia)---The Bougainville Provincial Government was suspended, just as a new national law on provincial governments came into force on the island at midnight last night.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Bill Skate said the government was suspended to ensure the peaceful and orderly establishment of the Bougainville Reconciliation Government.

The suspension also means the Member of Parliament for Bougainville, John Momis, has been prevented from becoming Bougainville's governor.

Mr. Skate said the government has appointed the Minister for Bougainville Affairs, Sam Akoitai, to carry out executive functions on Bougainville until the reconciliation government is formally established.

Mr. Akotai will be assisted by two Bougainville parliamentarians, yet to be appointed.

PNG PM SKATE CALLS ON PEOPLE OF BOUGAINVILLE TO RESPECT THE LAW

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 1, 1998 – Radio Australia)---Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Bill Skate, has appealed to people on Bougainville to respect the law, public property and fellow citizens.

The appeal follows the government suspension of the Bougainville Provincial Government last night.

Mr. Skate said the suspension was necessary to minimize uncertainties and ensure the peace process continues towards the establishment of the Bougainville Reconciliation Government.

He appealed to the minority who has remained outside the Bougainville peace process to join and consolidate the peace efforts on the island.

Mr. Skate confirmed that the National Parliament would hold its first meeting in July to review the suspension and consider a report on long-term arrangements for the Bougainville Reconciliation Government.

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