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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 31, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Papua New Guinea government has announced it will seek advice from the national Court on establishment of the Bougainville Provincial government.

Radio Australia Pacific correspondent Kevin McQuillan reports that the Cabinet made the decision after discussing a joint submission from the ministers for Bougainville Affairs, Justice, and Provincial and Local Governments.

"The Supreme Court earlier this month ruled that the suspension of the provincial government last January was illegal.

"Throughout 1999 the former Skate government and the present Morauta government have negotiated with Bougainville leaders about setting up a replacement government.

"Speaking after the Cabinet meeting, the Minister for Bougainville Affairs, Sir Michael Somare, said the government remains committed to a provincial government - but it needs the court's advice because of uncertainties in law about setting it up as soon as possible.

"He said the government will be consulting with agencies, the governor, other MPs, and local leaders about the issues to be taken back for the court's advice.

"Sir Michael said he expects the case to be ready for a hearing early in the new year."

"Kevin McQuillan, Radio Australia."

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