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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 31, 2000 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Bougainville provincial police commander Joseph Bemu has urged Bougainville Revolutionary Army members not to take advantage of an incident with police during the Christmas weekend to violate the peace and reconciliation initiatives.

Mr. Bemu made the appeal following the seizure of a police vehicle and two-way radio by Bougainville Revolutionary Army members.

It has been alleged that the Bougainville Revolutionary Army had also fired gunshots.

Mr. Bemu said the property is still in the possession of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army men, who had continued to defy his radio appeals to return the items.

He said yesterday that after having launched an appeal to the BRA hierarchy on Monday to help with the return of the vehicle and radio, he had yet to hear from them.

Mr. Bemu said the properties were taken from members of the police force in Arawa and Buka while they were conducting operation "Dring Olsem Masta." This was aimed at stopping the illegal sale and consumption of "home brew," illegal liquor.

A police Toyota land-cruiser utility was seized from a community police officer by Bougainville Revolutionary Army members who threatened him with a knife before driving off.

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