Bougainville Update - 10/6/96

Sasha Baer sashab at wr.com.au
Tue Jun 11 14:08:50 MDT 1996


Title -- Aid donors rap PNG's record
Date --  10 June1996
Byline -- Tande Temane
Origin -- Nius Network
Source --The National (PNG), 6 June 1996
Copyright -- The National
Status -- Unabridged
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AID DONORS RAP PNG'S RECORD

By Tande Temane
PORT MORESBY: International aid donors yesterday criticised the PNG government
for its failure to provide its share of funding for approved projects.

In some cases, projects never got off the ground and the money was diverted to
other areas, representatives of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, AusAID,
and Japanese International Cooperation Agency complained.

The complaints during a panel discussion at the international consultation for
the establishment of the National Agricultural Research Institute follow
criticism by an ADB official on Tuesday that PNG was not drawing down the funds
available to it and as a result the money was being diverted elsewhere.

ADB's project administration specialist for Pacific operations, Dr Ian Powell,
said yesterday counter-part funding was very important but the government had
not made any commitment in that area.

he said donors sometimes could not release the money because of the
government's failure to provide counterpart funding for identified projects.

AusAID agriculture and natural resources adviser Dr Robert Serraris said the
Australian government had changed its focus towards rural sector development
where most of the people lived because there had been no improvement in their
lives in the last 20 years of Australian aid to PNG.

"There has been no concrete improvement in the lives of people since
independence," he said.

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BOUGAINVILLE MEDIA RELEASE, Tuesday 11 June, 1996
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1) P.N.G. ARMY IS PLANNING A MAJOR OFFENSIVE OPERATION ON
BOUGAINVILLE WITHIN TWO TO THREE WEEKS TIME.

Intelligence Reports from a reliable source on the ground, have
revealed (Sunday 9 June 1996) that PNGDF Army is now preparing a
major offensive operation against the Bougainville Revolutionary Army
(BRA) in the Central and South Bougainville areas within two to three
weeks time.

The source said that the PNGDF Army on the ground (Bougainville) are
now supplying all Bougainvillean Resistant Fighters with high-powered
automatic riffles or guns to prepare them for the countdown.

The reliable soure also said that the PNGDF Army are targetting their
old forward bases along the coastline which were re-captured and are
now under the B.R.A. control.  The places include Aropa Airport and the
Koromira Catholic Mission in Koromira area.

The sources said that the PNGDF Army would like to secure the
coastline of Bougainville before moving to the inland of Central and
South Bougainville to flush out the rebels and their supporters.

The Intelligence reports had also revealed that the PNGDF officials
have gone to Israel to negotiate for more powerful arms and even the
Israeli Army personnel.

The source said yesterday that the PNGDF officials have asked for the
Israeli Army personnel to come over to Bougainville Island and help
them fight the rebel B.R.A. and flush them out from the jungles.

Responding to these Intelligence reports, the B.R.A. major general
commander, Mr Sam Kauona said the morale of the B.R.A. soldiers is
very high and they (the B.R.A.'s) are on full red alert to counter
any possible attack by the PNGDF Army.

2) P.N.G.D.F. PATROL BOAT WITH A CONTINGENT OF ONE PLATOON NOW INSIDE
SOLOMON ISLANDS TERRITORY

The B.R.A. Intelligence reported that a PNGDF patrol boat with a
contingent of one platoon is now inside Solomon Islands territory.

The Intelligence report said the PNGDF patrol boat had left
Bougainville Island on Saturday night, 8 June, 1996, at 7.00p.m.
heading towards the Solomon Islands.

This morning, Monday 10th June, 1996, at 8.00a.m., the Intelligence
reports had confirmed that the PNGDF patrol boat had landed and had
unloaded the PNGDF army personnel on an unknown location quoted only
by a code sign as "Quebec Five".  The other code signs for their
further lands are: "Hotel Seven, Foxtrot Juliet, Romeo Charlie,
Foxtrot Hotel Nine and Romeo Twelve".

Their purposes of coming across into the Solomon Islands territory
said the Intelligence reports, is to hunt for the Bougainvilleans who
are living in the Solomon Islands.

The Intelligence reports said, as soon as they landed on the
location, code signed "Quebec 5" this morning, they would split up
into two sections.  Their next location will be "Hotel Seven" and
then to "Foxtrot Juliet",  "Romeo Charlie", "Foxtrot Hotel Nine" and
"Romeo Twelve".

They are trying to secure these six locations inside the Solomon
Islands to carry out their exercises of hunting down the
Bougainvilleans.

The Intelligence reports confirmed that these PNGDF soldiers are now
in the Solomon Islands territory.

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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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