NEW MINISTER VISITS BOUGAINVILLE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 5, 2000 – Post-Courier)---Bart Philemon will be treading on a rumpled carpet today when he takes his first official steps on Bougainville as Minister for Bougainville Affairs.

Mr. Philemon will be accompanied by senior ministers, including the leader of the government negotiating team, Moi Avei.

The one-day visit will spell out "where he stands’’ on one of the country’s most volatile issues.

An official from the Bougainville governor’s office said yesterday that the trip was "nothing but a normal familiarization visit by any new leader." But he was hopeful that the visit would herald a new direction towards Bougainville’s objectives.

The Bougainville governor’s executive officer, Robert Tabuta, said the visit would accommodate a consultative meeting between the ministerial team and Bougainville Governor John Momis, Deputy Governor Gerard Sinato, President of the Bougainville Peoples Congress Joseph Kabui, and his Vice Presidents, Thomas Anis and James Tanis, and Chairman of the Leitana Council of Chiefs, Joel Banam.

"Mr. Philemon will be meeting key people in the peace negotiation . . . but anything substantive I can’t reveal to you,’’ he said.

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

 

POLICE VEHICLE ON BOUGAINVILLE RETURNED MINUS ACCESSORIES

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 4, 2000 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---The sole police vehicle in Arawa, Bougainville, stolen over the Christmas holiday period, has been returned, minus a few accessories.

(See: BOUGAINVILLE HARDLINERS GRAB POLICE VEHICLE)

Bougainville police chief Joe Bemu reported that the Toyota Land Cruiser was returned without its blue lights, siren, PA system and police badges.

Mr. Bemu also reiterated his call for rebel elements to return a police radio, which disappeared during a confrontation between police and rebel elements during Christmas. The radio allegedly was stolen when police broke up a party and confiscated 230 bottles of illegal "home brew."

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

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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