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UNITED NATIONS, New York---The U. N. Security Council has called for the disarming of rival factions on Bougainville to be accelerated.

Radio Australia correspondent Richard Dinnen reports that the Security Council believes the peace process is progressing smoothly, but disarmament must proceed as quickly as possible:

"The Security Council was briefed on the latest developments on Bougainville at a meeting in New York. In a statement after the meeting, the Security Council said it is satisfied with the smooth development of the peace process, and urged all parties to work together to form a reconciliation government on Bougainville.

"The Security Council expressed the hope that disarmament of the various factions on the island can be accelerated. But disarmament is becoming a major sticking point. Factions aligned with the PNG government want disarmament to begin before any elections for the reconciliation government are held. The secessionist factions say they will only disarm after the government is elected.

"Richard Dinnen, Radio Australia."

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