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SUVA, Fiji Islands (July 9, 1999 - PACNEWS)---A number of Fiji soldiers who recently returned to the country after serving on Bougainville have reportedly resigned from the force to take up employment in PNG.

The soldiers are said to have been hired by Papua New Guinea security firms.

Spokesman for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Lt. Samu Saumatua, said he could not release details about the discharges, as the officers had left on their own accord.

However, he did disclose that three Fiji officers resigned a year ago and were now working for security firms in PNG.

Saumatua said the RFMF did not keep track of those who had been discharged from the force.

Fiji troops are part of the Peace Monitoring Group (PMG), which also includes troops from Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu, on Bougainville.

The PMG was established last year after the signing of the Bougainville Peace Accord in New Zealand.

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