Bougainville Update - 16/4/96

Sasha Baer sashab at wr.com.au
Tue Apr 16 07:34:47 MDT 1996


Radio Australia 0700z 16/4/96 9860kHz
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A high level Solomon Islands delegation has left the capital of Honiara
onboard a patrol boat for the border area with Papua New Guinea. The
Delegation aims to get first hand information on how the separatist conflict
on the PNG island of Bougainville continues to effect the Solomon Islands
side of the border.

Lead by Paul Dukalia (phon?) from the Prime Minister's Office, the
delegation also includes the members of parliament for Shortlands, Choiseul
Islands and a consultant from New Zealand.

Meanwhile a meeting this weekend will choose members of a delegation which
will attend border talks with Papua New Guinea.

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Latest update from Moses Havini, 16/4/96
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News on the latest border raid to Solomons by PNGDF and Resistance. At
midnight lastnight, Sunday 14, April, PNGDF and Resistance forces crossed
over the Solomons border and raided Kariki village in the Solomons. Kariki
village was first raided about three years ago by the PNG forces, in which a
man and a women were killed and small baby wounded. This incident caused a
serious diplomatice rift between Papua New Guinea and the Solomons. PNG was
asked to pay compensation to the Solomons Government for the deaths of its
citizens. Last nights raid by the PNGDF and Resistance netted a radio, 30hp
outboard engine and a canoe. The raiders also threatened the villagers that
if they reported the raid they would come back and burn their village. The
people of Solomons at the border are very frightened, things are very
tensed, and they have asked the SIG to do something about this latest border
raid quickly. There is now a High Powered Team from the Solomons Island
Government heading to the border to assess the sitaution. The airstrip at
Ballalae has also been ordered closed by the Solomon islands Government
because of this latest raid. Solair has been ordered not to fly to Ballalae
as it is now a security risk, with the PNGDF elements lurking around.

In the meantime a Resistance force member Luke KORAKE who destroyed Mr
Miriori's first radio some four years ago, and recently captured by the BRAs
on Bougainville is still in the custody of BRA; including 8 others and a
PNGDF defence force soldier. All seems to be quite on Bougainville at the
moment, but the BRA forces are everywhere monitoring movements of the PNGDF.

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COMING EVENTS
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Sat 20 April at 11.00am
Peace March - Meet at Sydney Town Hall, march to the Australian
Defence Forces Building in protest of our taxes being used to kill
innocent people on Bougainville.

Fri 26 April at 7.00pm
Benefit Concert for Bougainville at Wollongong University.

Sun 5 May at 12 noon
May Day March.  Assemble at Liverpool St, Sydney.  March commences at
1.00pm sharp via George St to Circular Quay.  Struggle for Peace,
Progress and Socialism.

Mon 6 May at 7.30pm
Bougainville Public Meeting, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.

Fri 31 May at 7.00pm
Glebe Town Hall - The lauch of  "Marilyn's List Volume 2 .
A Compilation of the Human Rights Abuses on Bougainville".

JUNE 1996
Bougainville Womens Forum is being planned.  Stay tuned.

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Contact Details:
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Vikki John (BFM)        +61-2-558-2730          email: V.john at uts.edu.au
Moses Havini (BIG)      +61-2-804-7602
Max Watts               +61-2-818-2343          email:
MWATTS at fisher.biz.usyd.edu.au
(Journalist specialising in Bougainville, East Timor and West Papua issues)

Bougainville Freedom Movement
P.O. Box 134, Erskineville, NSW 2043, Australia

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Regards Sasha

Sasha Baer
International Amateur Radio Network
Bougainville Freedom Movement
Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol
Voicemail: +61-2-513-5614
sashab at wr.com.au
http://www.wr.com.au/sashab/



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