SOMARE WANTS NEXT ROUND OF BOUGAINVILLE TALKS IN WEWAK

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BOUGAINVILLE, Papua New Guinea (August 7, 2000 - The National)---Affairs Minister Sir Michael Somare wants the next Bougainville talks to be held in his hometown of Wewak.

The talks are scheduled to take place next month. A technical officers' meeting will be held in Port Moresby from August 28 to September 1 before the leaders meet.

Sir Michael said he has decided on Wewak to give both the leaders a different environment in dealing with the critical issues of autonomy and a referendum on independence.

He said he has written to the Bougainville governor, John Momis, informing him of the proposed dates and venue.

Sir Michael said the technical officers, in their last meeting in Port Moresby, agreed to provide each other with additional information on a number of key elements of the proposed autonomy and referendum draft agreement.

The draft will require substantial input from key government agencies, including Treasury.

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

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