JAPAN INCREASES AID TO BOUGAINVILLE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (June 13, 2000 - The National)---The Japanese government has decided to increase its assistance towards restoration work in Bougainville.

The memorandum of agreement to this affect was signed in Port Moresby yesterday between Bougainville Governor John Momis and the Japanese Ambassador to PNG, Tatsuo Tanaka.

The grant is to cover funding for four projects aimed to maintain peace and revive economic activities in Bougainville. They are:

Mr. Momis thanked the Japanese government for its assistance, saying, "It's the intention of the Bougainville Interim Government to put a bit more emphasis on those missing out on their education."

Mr. Tanaka said his government is pleased to join efforts with other donor countries and called for greater cooperation.

He said the funds would be handed over to Mr. Momis once they are released in one month's time.

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