KABUI PLEASED WITH PROGRESS OF BOUGAINVILLE TALKS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (June 22, 2000 – Post-Courier)---Bougainville People's Congress President Joseph Kabui has expressed satisfaction at the recently ended fourth round of negotiations with the National Government.

Mr. Kabui, who is preparing to hold a joint Bougainville People's Congress and Interim Bougainville Provincial Government briefing with Governor John Momis, said it was satisfying in a sense that the Bougainville leaders were united in their stand.

Mr. Kabui and Mr. Momis are joint leaders of the province's negotiating team. Mr. Kabui said the common stand taken by the Bougainville leaders was an important step that the national leaders, including the Prime Minister and others, had taken note of.

"Our survival and consolidation of unity has proven our leadership coalition has matured since the merger. Personally, this makes me satisfied," he said.

"It is a very solid stand and we have displayed this to the other leaders in Papua New Guinea and our people on Bougainville."

He is looking forward to the joint BPC and Interim Bougainville Provincial Government briefing, which would be the first for the two political bodies since the merger.

"This is one more major step forward for us on Bougainville, especially when things are looking positive, meaning it all augurs well for us leaders leading our people for one common goal," Mr. Kabui said.

He said what was happening was an achievement in a short time and paid tribute to the people of Bougainville for their understanding and patience.

"This is the spirit that gives us, the leaders, hope and optimism," he said.

"As long as the people are understanding and continue to give us this support, we will continue to take the bull by its horns."

"The leadership we have now is well balanced to continue the dialogue with the Papua New Guinea Government."

 

BRA CHIEFS DENY CLAIMS

BUKA, Papua New Guinea (June 22, 2000 Post-Courier)---People of the Western Province of Solomons want to break away, two chiefs of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army claimed.

BRA commander Thomas Tarii and his general commander Ishmael Toroama were reported yesterday to have said this after visiting the province.

The pair went there after controversy about allegations of a BRA raid on the province, near the Bougainville border, which resulted in one person being killed in Gizo.

Mr. Tarii said when his investigating team arrived there; they learned that the alleged invasion by BRA rebels was carried out by men from "the many islands that make up the Western Province."

"We found out that a number of the people involved were either former BRA members or young men of mixed parentage of Solomon Islands and Bougainville," Mr. Tarii said.

"But the main point of discussion established with the local people and their leaders was the dissatisfaction of the Western Province people on Honiara's incapabilities to solve the increasing political instability."

He said his group had assured the people that BRA would not get involved in the crisis.

 

GROG BAN OFF

BUKA, Papua New Guinea (June 22. 2000 – Post-Courier)---The liquor ban on Bougainville has been lifted, after five years of "dry" and illegal "home brew" sales in the troubled province.

The Interim Bougainville Provincial Government decided on the reversal at the Provincial Executive Council meeting last month. It paves the way for enacting of a new policy, which will involve new features, including whether it would be wise for the council of elders to have control over some aspects of liquor licensing and other initiatives.

The decision also took into consideration that the lifting of the ban would be a major source of revenue for the provincial government.

Once the decision is gazetted and becomes a law, liquor sales on Bougainville will begin.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

Provided by Vikki John VIKKI@law.uts.edu.au 

 

KABUI READY FOR A JOINT BRIEFING WITH MOMIS

By Thomas Kilala

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (June 22, 2000 – The National)---The Bougainville People's Congress President Joseph Kabui has expressed satisfaction with the fourth round of negotiations between the congress and the National Government.

Mr. Kabui, who is also the co-leader of the Bougainville negotiating team, said he is now preparing to hold a joint Bougainville Provincial Government detailed briefing with Governor John Momis.

He said it was satisfying that Bougainville leaders were united in their stand.

Mr. Kabui said the common stand taken by the Bougainville leaders is a very important one that the Papua New Guinean leaders, including Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta, have taken note of.

"Our survival and consolidation of unity has proven our leadership in the coalition has matured since the merger. It is a very solid stand and we have displayed this to other leaders in Papua New Guinea and our people on Bougainville," Mr. Kabui said.

He also said he was looking forward to the joint Bougainville Peoples Congress and Interim Bougainville Provincial Government briefing, which would be the first for the two political bodies since the merger.

"This is one more major step forward for us on Bougainville, especially when things are looking positive, meaning it all augurs well for us leaders leading our people for one common goal," said Mr. Kabui.

He said what was currently happening was an achievement in a short period of time.

Mr. Kabui paid tribute to the people of Bougainville for their understanding and patience while the leaders continued their negotiations with the National Government.

For additional reports from The National, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The National (Papua New Guinea).

Provided by Vikki John VIKKI@law.uts.edu.au 

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