LOOSE WEAPONS STILL A PROBLEM IN BOUGAINVILLE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Radio Australia) - Bouganville's leaders
are again being urged to step up peace efforts and complete a weapons disposal
program.

The call comes from Papua New Guinea's Minister for Inter-Government Relations Sir Peter Barter after revelations more than 200 guns have been stolen from UN weapons containers on Bougainville.

Sir Peter says in recent weeks a total of six containers at five locations have been opened and to date 212 guns have been removed.

Under the Peace Agreement between ex-combatants and the PNG Government, all weapons in the province must be surrendered before Bougainville can establish an autonomous government.

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