BOUGAINVILLE BREAKTHROUGH

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (September 7, 2000 - Papua New Guinea Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---A solution to the Bougainville crisis could be finalized before the end of the year following a major breakthrough in negotiations between the National Government and the Bougainville delegation.

In what was described as an "historical breakthrough and cornerstone" to finding a lasting solution to the Bougainville conflict, both parties have reached an understanding on the contentious issues of referendum, arms disposal and autonomy.

On the question of autonomy, the Bougainville delegation welcomed the government’s agreement to its proposals, including a constitutional guarantee and an Organic Law on autonomy, provision for Bougainville to adopt its own constitution and increased powers and functions for Bougainville.

The National Government had responded positively to the Bougainville delegation¹s position that financial arrangements, including revenue-raising powers, must be given careful consideration in order to ensure that the powers and functions under final Bougainville control are backed by sufficient control over resources so that they can be effectively used.

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BREAKTHROUGH IN BOUGAINVILLE TALKS

RABAUL, Papua New Guinea (September 6, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Bougainville leaders have described today's breakthrough in negotiations on the island's political future as a major milestone in the peace process.

Papua New Guinea has agreed to consider a proposal for a referendum to determine Bougainville's future status, which could include questions on autonomy or independence.

The agreement follows three days of negotiations during which common ground also was found on a timetable for disarmament.

Bougainville's provincial governor, John Momis, said while differences remain between the PNG government and the Bougainville leadership, he is confident a solution is now close at hand.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

 

PROGRESS ON BOUGAINVILLE TALKS

BUKA, Papua New Guinea (September 6, 2000 – Post-Courier)---The Bougainville delegation has welcomed some aspects of the National Government’s proposal on autonomy and a referendum on independence for Bougainville.

But the current negotiations were adjourned to today on the insistence of the Bougainville delegation to give them time to discuss the areas of the proposal on which the two parties differ.

A document stating the Bougainville delegation’s position said they welcomed the agreement of the National Government to many aspects of the proposal.

These are constitutional guarantee of autonomy and organic law on autonomy for Bougainville, provision for Bougainville to adopt its own constitution and increased powers and functions for Bougainville (many of the powers suggested as final powers for Bougainville).

On the issue of referendum, Bougainville welcomed many aspects of the government proposal but said it was essential that the National Government now go further and open the door to the right to hold a referendum on independence at some future time.

The delegation demanded that Bougainville have the guaranteed future right to hold a referendum on independence.

On autonomy, the delegation said Bougainville was open to discuss with the National Government the wider range of powers that the government wished to retain, adding there was room for compromise.

But they said that once agreement was reached on these powers the balance of powers should be available to Bougainville, which included guaranteed control of funding sources and personnel.

 

LEADERS UNAWARE OF STARVATION REPORTS

RABAUL, Papua New Guinea (September 6, 2000 – Post-Courier)---Officials from both the National Government and the Bougainville administration yesterday denied being told of problems including starvation in South Bougainville.

This is despite media reports this week that outlined various problems affecting villagers around that area and requests for immediate food assistance from non-government organizations.

Early this week, a World Vision worker based in Bougainville, Marcia Dwonczyk, said that there was high risk of starvation in parts of Siwai, Telei and Buin in South Bougainville. Ms. Dwonczyk also spoke of the urgent need for food supplies from the government for the next four months.

Yesterday, officials from the Office of Bougainville Affairs (OBA) and the Bougainville Administration said they were not aware of the issue and attempts to obtain comments from Vice OBA Minister and South Bougainville MP Michael Laimo were unsuccessful.

An official from the OBA (who did not wish to be named) told the Post-Courier yesterday that he worked in South Bougainville but he was not aware of the high risk of starvation there.

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

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