BOUGAINVILLE WORKING TO ENSURE SUCCESS OF DISARMAMENT

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (February 13, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Bougainville leaders and former militants are working around the clock to ensure the success of the disarmament process before next month's second vote on an autonomous Bougainville.

The first vote by the Papua New Guinea parliament on January 23 unanimously supported constitutional changes to provide for autonomy, and a referendum in 10 to 15 years on independence for Bougainville.

Nevertheless, the President of the Bougainville People's Congress, Joseph Kabui, says there's anxiety in Bougainville about next month's vote on the Organic Law on Peace in Bougainville.

"Politics in Papua New Guinea is definitely unpredictable," he said.

"Naturally, we have our own society, we have our own fears, but in order to counter the anxiety that we have, we are working to24-hours around the clock ensuring that Bougainvilleans meet our part of the bargain

"And our part of the bargain is making sure that the weapons are containerized throughout Bougainville," Mr. Kabui said.

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