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BUKA, Papua New Guinea (November 22, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The United Nations Observer Mission on Bougainville will be asked by the national government to draft a plan for secure storage of rebel weapons on the long embattled island.

The multi-nation Peace Process Consultative Committee said the move is the first significant step in developing a comprehensive agreement on weapons disposal, which it said is essential to lasting peace.

The Bougainville Revolutionary Army fought a decade-long secessionist war that ended in a cease-fire in 1997.

The Peace Process Consultative Committee is comprised of government representatives from Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, the Bougainville Resistance Forces and the United Nations and Peace Monitoring Group representatives.

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