Bougainville Update - 27/8/96

Robert Malecki malecki at algonet.se
Tue Aug 27 08:19:55 MDT 1996


Forwarding this to the list. As Louis has put this women on his hit list for
destroying M1..
bob malecki


>
>Title --197 BOUGAINVILLE: Security forces irked by move to ease curfew
>Date --21 August 1996
>Byline --Timothy Masiu
>Origin -- Niuswire
>Source --The National (PNG), 21 August 1996
>Copyright -- The National
>Status -- Abridged
>-------------------
>
>SECURITY FORCES IRKED BY MOVE TO EASE CURFEW
>
>KOKOPO:  Security forces deployed on the tip of the mainland Bougainville
>have expressed disappointment at the way in which the provincial police
>commander, Joel Kean, has handled the lifting of the curfew estrictions.
>
>Chief Inspector Kean last week announced the complete lifting of the curfew
>restrictions imposed on Buka Island and adjacent areas while curfew hours
>for the northern tip of mainland Bougainville including the North West
>district were reduced from dusk-to-dawn to 10pm-5am.
>
>A security force source based at the Bonis Base, just across the Buka
>passage, expressed disappointmnet saying the security forces' views were not
>sought when he curfew hours were relaxed.
>
>"We are very disappointed to have heard about these changes in curfew
>timings only on the local radio broadcast. We take this as a slap in the
>face of the security forces and an indication that we are not required in
>North Bougainville," the source said.
>
>Under normal circumstances, the provincial police commander, a security
>force officer and the provincial secretary must meet to make the necessary
>announcement regarding the imposing or lifting of curfew restrictions.
>
>The source said the PPC must make another announcement about the reversal of
>his earlier announcement, until such time the security forces on the
>northern tip of mainland Bougainville assess the ground situation and give
>their approval to ease curfew timings.
>
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>
>Title --198 BOUGAINVILLE: Aid log-jam to get worse
>Date -- 21 August 1996
>Byline --Peter Niesi
>Origin -- Niuswire
>Source --Post-Courier (PNG), 21 August 1996
>Copyright --Post-Courier
>Status -- Abridged
>-------------------
>
>AID LOG-JAM TO GET WORSE ON BOUGAINVILLE
>
>Another 80 tonnes of supplies for Bougainville care centres will arrive soon
>at Buka - joining much of the airlifted aid stranded there for more than two
>weeks.
>
>The Royal Australian Air Force used its Hercules plane to shift 14 tonnes of
>urgently needed supplies from Port Moresby to Buka.
>
>Only 30 per cent of the Hercules airlift has been moved from Buka to the
>care centres on mainland Bougainville since then.
>
>North Solomons Administrative Secretary George Lesi said yesterday there
>were still transport problems, due this time to the small capacity of the
>helicopter distributing the supplies.
>
>The Hercules-transported aid sat at Buka until last week due to unsettled
>accounts with Hevi Lift which exceeded K70,000.
>
>Bougainville Transitional Government Premier Theodore Miriung had blamed
>their inability to pay the debts and airlift the supplies on the National
>Government for approving security forces Operation High Speed without
>budgeting and allocating funds for the displaced civilians.
>
>Mr Lesi said that a little of the debts had been paid and Hevi Lift last
>week airlifted about 30 per cent of the supplies to the care centres in the
>South Bougainville area.
>
>But he expressed concern that the loading capacity of the helicopter (about
>750 kg), they would not be able to move the supplies before the next lot of
>80 tonnes were shipped in from Lae.
>
>He said the MV Pelpel was due in this week with 80 tonnes of supplies and
>that would mean an extensive pile-up.
>
>"What we need is a big helicopter available to us seven days a week; eight
>hours a day to do the job," said Mr Lesi.
>
>He said he had already written to the Prime Minister's Department,
>Provincial and Local Level Government Minister, Mr Peter Barter and
>Bougainville MPs, especially South Bougainville's Michael Laimo, to
>intervene and assist, especially with money.
>
>So far there had been no response and they would "just have to plod along"
>despite the fact that people were in desperate need of the supplies.
>
>He said the current plan was to use the MV Pelpel to ship the 80 tonnes and
>the other stranded supplies to sea ports at Loloho, Kangu Beach and
>Marau/Mamagota. He said the Hevi Lift helicopter would then do shuttle
>flights to care centres from those bases with the supplies.
>
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>
>Title -- S06 ECONOMY: Australia cuts aid, boosts secret services
>Date -- 22 August 1996
>Byline -- None
>Origin -- Niuswire
>Source -- Asia-Pacific Network, 21 August 1996
>Copyright -- APN
>Status -- Unabridged
>--------------------
>
>AUSTRALIA CUTS AID, BOOSTS SECRET SERVICES
>
>Australia has slashed foreign aid by 10 per cent in real times, but has
>given the security and intelligence services a substantial funding boost in
>this week's budget.
>
>But Papua New Guinea's level of aid has survived with an emphasis on
>restoring essential services to the civil war-plagued island of Bougainville.
>
>Total foreign aid for 1996-97 is down by $114 compared with the 1995-96
>level to $1450 million, with the government mainatining it would be better
>focused on humanitarian assistance.
>
>The cuts mean Australia's overseas aid will fall from 3.4 per cent of gross
>national product to 2.7 per cent, compared with a United Nations target of
>0.7 per cent.
>
>Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said the aid program reaffirmed
>the government's commitment to Asia and the Pacific, emphasising basic
>education and women's health and keeping an election promise to maintain aid
>flows to Africa.
>
>Higher country program assistance to Indonesia, China and the Philippines to
>partially offset the scrapping of the Development Import Finance Facility
>(DIFF).
>
>For the first time, direct aid programs are to be negotiated with
>Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
>
>In the intelligence services sector, the overall funding increase is mainly
>for the domestic Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO; the
>overseas spying body, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS); and
>the Office of the National Assessments (ONA), which is part of the
>Department of the Prime Minister and cabinet.
>
>Their total funding is up 11.9 per cent for 1996-97 from $116 million to
>$130 million.
>
>A detailed breakdown of the allocations was not provided.
>
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>
>THE BOUGAINVILLE INTERIM GOVERNMENT Media Release #206 22/8/96
>==============================================================
>
>PNGDF uses "Peace Committee meetings" tactics to trap BRAs; BRA not totally
>blocking Inter-church Forum as no guarantee from PNGDF for their safety.
>
>Bougainville: The President of the Bougainville Interim Government and BRA,
>Mr Francis Ona has accused PNGDF Brig.General Jerry Singirok of " using
>peace meetings" initiated by Security forces on Bougainville, with the aid
>of some village Chiefs, as a deliberate tactic to trap and kill members of
>the BRA forces.
>
>Speaking from Bougainville Mr Francis Ona said, this was the case in an
>incident on 13 August 1996 at Manetai (16 km north of Arawa) when some
>members of BIG/BRA were invited to a so-called "peace meeting"
> by the " Peace Committee" of BTG; and ambushed by members of the Papua New
>Guinea military forces as they were travelling to Vito village near Manetai
>for the so-called " peace meeting".
>
>The car of the National Emergency Services in which they were travelling was
>ambushed by the PNGDF soldiers using anti-personnel mine explosives and high
>powered guns to blow the passengers including some members of the BRAs. Mr
>Ona said that General Singirok immediately reported this incident as "a
>great success" in which they claimed they killed " 5 BRA soldiers; amongst
>the dead Mr Justin Kokiai, a leading BRA strategist and commander of C
>Company in Central Bougainville". It also included Jeffrey Pokio, who last
>month allegedly killed a soldier and a member of the pro-PNG Resistance
>militia", when he threw a grenade into a PNGDF bunker near Manetai".
>
>"I deplore such cowardice tactics and trickery by the PNGDF troops on
>Bougainville. Some members of the BRA forces were on this truck, in good
>faith to go to such a peace meeting at Vito village when they were attacked
>by PNG soldiers. Jeffrey Madoi was killed, 1, seriously wounded and 4
>slightly wounded. Justin Kokiai was not killed, he is alive and well"
>
>"......I am now appealing to the Bougainville people not to talk with the
>so-called " peace committees that are all over the place" as they can no
>longer be trusted. As BRA Supreme Commander I am also stopping all BRA
>Commanders /soldiers from talking to the various initiated PNGDF "peace
>committees". Lasting peace and freedom will come to Bougainville only when
>the PNG Government totally withdraws its security forces out of
>Bougainville. How can the PNG Security forces initiate peace meetings on
>Bougainville, and at the same time carry a gun on the other hand?",
>concluded Mr Ona from Bougainville.
>
>Bougainville Inter-church Forum: The President Mr F. Ona said from
>Bougainville that the BIG/BRA were not totally blocking the Inter-church
>Women's Forum to be held in Arawa towards the end of August. If they want to
>meet then they are to do so but at their own risks.
>
>The BRA are not in a position to fully guarantee the safety of the women as
>Central and South Bougainville are still war zones by the PNG Security
>forces. The PNG Parliament since lifting the Cease-fire Agreement on 21
>March 1996, and declaring a new offensive on Bougainville, has not as yet
>annulled this offensive.
>
>The PNGDF have also been known in the past, not to honour their promise of
>the "guarantee of safety of passage of people". In this respect therefore
>there will be limited, or no attendance at all from the women in Free
>Bougainville to this women's forum, although its a great initiative from the
>Bougainville Inter-church Women's Forum.
>
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>
>Bougainville Freedom Movement - Media Release 22/8/96
>===================================================
>
>BOUGAINVILLE: INTER CHURCH WOMEN'S FORUM ORGANISED BY CHURCHES  in ARAWA on
>25 - 31 August, 1996.
>
>
>A women's meeting has been organised by Church groups in Bougainville to be
>held on 25 - 31 August, 1996,  in Arawa, the capital of Bougainville.  This
>is very welcome news and the Bougainville Freedom Movement in Australia give
>its upmost support to this meeting and wishes it all success.  However, we
>are concerned for the safety of the women from the blockaded areas of free
>Bougainville who hope to attend this meeting.
>
>The women from the blockaded areas of free Bougainville have stated that
>they are worried about their safety as Arawa is still controlled by the
>Papua New Guinea "Defence Forces".  Attacks could easily occur by Papua New
>Guinea Defence Forces or their "Resistance" allies who may even pretend they
>are from the Bougainville Revolutionary Army.
>
>In an incident on 13 August, 1996 at Manetai, the Bougainville Interim
>Government / Bougainville Revolutionary Army personnel who had been invited
>to a peace meeting by the "Peace Committee" of the Bougainville Transitional
>Government (pro Papua New Guinea) were ambushed by the Papua New Guinea
>military forces as they travelled to the village of Vito to attend the peace
>meeting.  One member of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, Jeffrey Madoi,
>was killed, another seriously wounded, and four others lightly wounded.
>
>This incident was subsequently reported by the Papua New Guinea Defence
>Force as a successful attack on the Bougainville Revolutionary Army.  It
>shows the dangers facing members of the Bougainville Interim Government /
>Bougainville Revolutionary Army and the women when travelling to or
>attending peace meetings in areas controlled by the Papua New Guinea military.
>
>We very much hope that no such incidents will mar the Inter Church Womens
>Forum in Arawa, Bougainville.
>
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>
>Title --201 BOUGAINVILLE: PM orders probe into B'ville 'ill-treatment'
>Date -- 23 August 1996
>Byline -- Henzy Yakham
>Origin -- Niuswire
>Source --The National (PNG), 23 August 1996
>Copyright --The National
>Status -- Unabridged
>-------------------
>
>PM ORDERS PROBE INTO B'VILLE 'ILL-TREATMENT'
>
>PORT MORESBY:  Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan has directed Defence Force
>Commander Brigadier General Jerry Singirok and Police Commisioner Bob Nenta
>to appoint a team of investigators to probe allegations of ill-treatment of
>innocent civilians on Bougainville.
>
>Sir Julius has asked the senior officers to prosecute those found guilty of
>alleged crimes.
>
>Sir Julius stressed in his letter to General Singirok and Mr Nenta that it
>was very important that witnesses to the alleged ill-treatment, if any, were
>encouraged to overcome fear of retribution.
>
>"For a long time I have been asking that the perpetrators should be dealt
>with properly by their respective commanders. I have become less and less
>happy with the results of disciplinary procedures within both forces," he said.
>
>He has also written to Bougainville MP and Melanesian Alliance Leader John
>Momis to assist the investigating team and provide names and all instances
>of inhuman treatment of people on Bougainville, including community leaders
>and chiefs.
>
>The prime ministerial direction to General Singirok and Mr Nenta followed
>claims by Mr Momis that people, including leaders and chiefs on
>Bougainville, were forced by certain members of the security forces to run
>around or climb trees in naked and even drink their own urine.
>
>Mr Momis said such inhuman treatment from the security forces were of very
>serious nature and warranted urgent intervention of Sir Julius, Defence
>Minister Mathias Ijape, and Police Minister Castan Maibawa.
>
>"A handful of security forces commanders on Bougainville have benn
>subjecting the people to very degrading and inhuman treatment and this is
>detrimental to the whole peace process," Mr Momis said.
>
>He also said that the allegations were serious and needed to be investigated
>as a matter of priority, so that people's confidence in the National
>Government and the security forces was not completely destroyed."
>
>Mr Momis said he would assist in providing the names and other details of
>the security forces personnel allegedly involved in the ill-treatment of
people.
>
>Security forces sources on Buka have since denied having committed the
>alleged offences.
>
>----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>Title --199 BOUGAINVILLE: B'ville is set for women's peace forum
>Date -- 22 August 1996
>Byline --Timothy Masiu
>Origin -- Niuswire
>Source -- The National (PNG), 22 August 1996
>Copyright -- The National
>Status -- Unabridged
>-------------------
>
>B'VILLE IS SET FOR WOMEN'S FORUM
>
>KOKOPO:  Preparations for this weekend's Bougainville women's peace forum in
>Arawa are nearing completion.
>
>A spokesperson for the organising team in Arawa, central Bougainville, said
>yesterday that the forum would be opened on Sunday by North Solomons Premier
>Theodore Miriung.
>
>The spokesperson said: "Food and accommodation have already been taken care
>of. But we are only the ground committee who are tasked to oversee that
>everything here is in  in place before the forum begins. All other issues
>will be dealt with by the main organising committee."
>
>She said that security has been guaranteed by the forces, who are suporting
>the forum.
>
>"The security force members have indicated that they would like to see women
>from all over Bougainville, including from the 'uncontrolled areas',
>attending the forum.
>
>"They have given us the all-clear to write letters inviting our women
>counterparts from the rebel controlled areas to attend and that safety is
>fully guranteed."
>
>She said her group was also in the process of holding talks with the rebel
>elements from the north Nasioi area for an assurance from them that they
>would not to disrupt the forum, but instead support it.
>
>"This forum may also become an instrument in our search for peace. We also
>appeal to the rebels to attend because it wil be beneficial to them.."
>
>Meanwhile, sources on Bougainville have indicated that there is a strong
>possiblity that the wives of Francis Ona and Joseph Kabui may attend the forum.
>
>The only other time women from the rebel-held areas attended a government
>sanctioned meeting was in October 1994 when Marylyn Moses, the daughter of
>the late Henry Moses, attended a conference.
>
>At least 700 women are expected to attend this weekend's forum with
>representation from the Catholic, Uniting, Pentecostal and Seventh Day
>Adventist churches. President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Jill
>Tabart is also expected to attend the forum.
>
>The provincial government workboat, the 'MVSankampa' is expected in Buka
>tomorrow to ferry the delegates to Arawa. It will also make a trip around
>Bougainville to pick up women for the forum.
>
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>
>Title --202 BOUGAINVILLE: PM orders probe into B'ville 'ill-treatment'
>Date -- 23 August 1996
>Byline -- Henzy Yakham
>Origin -- Niuswire
>Source -- The National (PNG), 23 August 1996
>Copyright -- The National
>Status -- Unabridged
>-------------------
>
>PM ORDERS PROBE INTO B'VILLE 'ILL-TREATMENT'
>
>PORT MORESBY:  Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan has directed Defence Force
>Commander Brigadier General Jerry Singirok and Police Commisioner Bob Nenta
>to appoint a team of investigators to probe allegations of ill-treatment of
>innocent civilians on Bougainville.
>
>Sir Julius has asked the senior officers to prosecute those found guilty of
>alleged crimes.
>
>Sir Julius stressed in his letter to General Singirok and Mr Nenta that it
>was very important that witnesses to the alleged ill-treatment, if any, were
>encouraged to overcome fear of retribution.
>
>"For a long time I have been asking that the perpetrators should be dealt
>with properly by their respective commanders. I have become less and less
>happy with the results of disciplinary procedures within both forces," he said.
>
>He has also written to Bougainville MP and Melanesian Alliance Leader John
>Momis to assist the investigating team and provide names and all instances
>of inhuman treatment of people on Bougainville, including community leaders
>and chiefs.
>
>The prime ministerial direction to General Singirok and Mr Nenta followed
>claims by Mr Momis that people, including leaders and chiefs on
>Bougainville, were forced by certain members of the security forces to run
>around or climb trees in naked and even drink their own urine.
>
>Mr Momis said such inhuman treatment from the security forces were of very
>serious nature and warranted urgent intervention of Sir Julius, Defence
>Minister Mathias Ijape, and Police Minister Castan Maibawa.
>
>"A handful of security forces commanders on Bougainville have benn
>subjecting the people to very degrading and inhuman treatment and this is
>detrimental to the whole peace process," Mr Momis said.
>
>He also said that the allegations were serious and needed to be investigated
>as a matter of priority, so that people's confidence in the National
>Government and the security forces was not completely destroyed."
>
>Mr Momis said he would assist in providing the names and other details of
>the security forces personnel allegedly involved in the ill-treatment of
people.
>
>Security forces sources on Buka have since denied having committed the
>alleged offences.
>
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>
>Contact Details:
>================
>
>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
>Work:      +61-2-9200-1516
>Fax:       +61-2-9200-1060
>Mobile:    +61-0419-433-702
>sashab at magna.com.au
>http://www.magna.com.au/~sashab/
>
>
>




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