ONA'S BOUGAINVILLE NO-GO ZONE BREACHED

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By Thomas Kilala

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 1, 2001 -- The National)---Bougainville rebel leader Francis Ona has called on PNG government authorities on the island to respect his no-go zone in the mountains of Panguna.

In a letter of complaint on October 4, Mr. Ona alleged that his surveillance people had seen a PNG Defense Force reconnaissance team at Morgan Junction near his no-go zone recently.

He said the movement of soldiers was totally unacceptable and uncalled for, especially when peace and reconciliation were taking root in many communities on Bougainville.

He further expressed his government's concern over what he alleged as the "kidnapping of another rebel leader, Damien Damen, from the Kongara area in Panguna.

"This gave these organizations a good excuse in the opening of the bridge and again drumming up stories in the local and overseas media like Damien Damen's affairs," Mr. Ona said.

"Such acts of violation within the no-go zone areas is provocation, damaging and not tolerated by anyone who has a good frame of mind, particularly in maintaining or caring for peace and justice."

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