KABUI CALLS FOR RECONCILIATION IN BOUGAINVILLE

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Feb. 12) - In Papua New Guinea, the head of the Bougainville Constitutional Commission, Joseph Kabui, has again called on the remaining supporters of reclusive separatist leader Francis Ona to join the peace and reconciliation process.

His comments came as public discussion got under way on the first draft of a new constitution for an autonomous Bougainville.

"The first draft constitution accommodates every one of the political aspirations and desires and the principles that Francis Ona stood for."

"We have accommodated every single one of them. Therefore, we have been telling them that there is no other way, there is no other road."

He says, "The only road, if they want to make sure their efforts are not in vain, is for them to join the peace process."

February 12, 2003

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