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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 15, 2002 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---The Papua New Guinea Harbors Board is preparing to return to Bougainville's Kieta Port after a 10-year absence.

It heralds the rebirth of international shipping operations from the port.

This major breakthrough for the return of the Harbors Board following the ending of the decade-long Bougainville secessionist conflict occurred during a meeting held recently in Arawa, Central Bougainville.

The Harbors Board had been managing the port facility prior to the Bougainville crisis, but pulled out at the peak of the troubles.

According to the Harbors Board representative in Kieta, Charles Tarurava, the landowners themselves had invited the Harbors Board back to Kieta to take charge and manage the port facility.

He said this was a major breakthrough for the province because it would now attract international shipping agencies direct to Kieta.

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