BOUGAINVILLE REBEL LEADER MOURNS DAUGHTER

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By Fiona Harepa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Nov. 30) – Bougainville separatist leader Francis Ona is mourning the death of his daughter.

Sources from Arawa said the teenage daughter of the rebel leader and president of the self-styled Bougainville Mekamui Movement died of a drug overdose last week. She was buried over the weekend.

Meanwhile, reports said Ona has ordered a complete blockade on all roads in the "no-go zone" in Buka.

Men armed with high-powered guns have reportedly set up roadblocks at the Morgan junction and Aropa Airport.

Vehicles traveling from south to central Bougainville are being diverted to the Aropa Airport runway before being allowed back onto the main road to Arawa.

One of Ona's men could only say: "It's an order from the highest authority and we just have to do it without question."

However, it is understood that one reason would be to prevent non-government organizations from entering the no-go zone areas, particularly the members of the Australian Federal Police.

December 1, 2004

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