UN SECRETARY GENERAL ANNAN PRAISES PNG FOR BOUGAINVILLE PEACE AGREEMENT

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (March 28, 2002 – Radio Australia)---United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has warmly congratulated Papua New Guinea's Parliament for approving a peace agreement for the secessionist island of Bougainville.

The agreement, which ends a decade-long civil war, grants autonomy and the right to a referendum on full independence for Bougainville.

The changes will come into effect when United Nations Mission observer, Noel Sinclair of Guyana, judges the disposal of weapons on Bougainville is successful.

A statement issued from the UN Secretary General's office said Parliament's approval of the agreement showed the PNG Government was determined to secure a lasting peace.

The statement also praised the UN office in Bougainville for its role in helping craft the agreement signed last August.

Mr. Annan's office called on Bougainville parties to redouble their efforts to remove weapons from local communities and to begin the process of post-conflict rehabilitation and peace building.

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