PNG SCREENS FIJIANS VISITING BOUGAINVILLE

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 23) – The Papua New Guinea Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) are screening Fijians visiting Bougainville as reports come in of more men planning to join the eight ex-Fiji soldiers already there.

Fiji's High Commissioner to PNG, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, told Fijilive a representative from his office in Buka sent out a message in Fijian over Radio Bougainville last night. He said the representative asked the eight ex-Counter Revolutionary Warfare soldiers from Fiji reportedly training militia on Bougainville to meet him either in Buka or closer to where they are (in Tonu).

"Travelling time on the road between Buka and Tonu is about eight hours and it is a no-go zone area," Ratu Inoke said.

Also Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase said the Fiji Government would not provide any help if the eight ex-soldiers were found guilty of treason.

The men were reportedly hired by failed pyramid scheme founder and millionaire Noah Musingku for a reported sum of FJ$1million (US$575,390) each.

November 24, 2005

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