EX-BOUGAINVILLE SOLDIERS THREATEN MUSINGKU

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post Courier, March 14) – Ex-combatants who helped put together the peace agreement in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, have warned U-Vistract principal Noah Musingku and his Fijian mercenaries that they won’t hesitate to take up arms if the Bougainville constitution is threatened.

Their warning follows reports that the failed fast money scam operator was planning to overthrow the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

The objective and directive principles of the constitution calls for all Bougainvilleans to seek peace through peaceful means, avoid armed confrontation and refrain from participating in money laundering activities.

One hundred founding members of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and Bougainville Resistance Force met at Tsiroge Catholic Center and issued the warning last week. The ex-combatants told Minister for Veteran Affairs, Police and Justice Glynn Tovirika, Ezekiel Masatt and Vice President Joseph Watawi who attended the meeting that they were seriously concerned with the present security situation, particularly plans by U-Vistract to overthrow the Autonomous Bougainville Government. They met to address the security situation in South Bougainville, including the military build-up at Tonu and the presence of Fijians and associated law and order problems along the Papua New Guinea/Solomon Islands border.

The ex-combatants made 15 recommendations, which were given to Mr. Tovirika. They have tasked former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander Sam Kauona and Bougainville Resistance Force secretary Laurie Patrick to put together an action plan by the end of this week. The plan calls on the Autonomous Bougainville Government to immediately establish checkpoints and begin monitoring the movement of foreigners in the region.

March 16, 2006

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