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ARAWA, Papua New Guinea (September 26, 2000 – The National)---The Commander of the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville, Brigadier Mike Silverstone, announced in Arawa yesterday that the PMG headquarters will move to Loloho in mid October.

Brigadier Silverstone said the move will allow the PMG to consolidate its support base and, importantly, allow the Arawa youth center to be returned to its rightful Bougainvillean owners.

"This adjustment is a reflection of the PMG's optimism about the direction of the peace process," he said.

The headquarters will move into seven prefabricated buildings that arrived at Loloho in August.

Brigadier Silverstone said that the move to Loloho is not related to any security concerns or issues and the PMG's Negotiation Cell and Monitoring Team will remain in Arawa town with its commander, along with a number of key PMG members.

He said consolidation of the PMG's role and functions will also see its numbers reduce by the end of October.

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