14 Jun 2003

More details of Bougainville transitional team revealed

8:29 am on 14 June 2003

Papua New Guinea's Minister of Bougainville Affairs, Sir Peter Barter, has revealed more about the work the new multi national transitional team will undertake.

He says the Transitional team, to replace the 75 strong Peace Monitoring Group, at the end of the month, will number about 17 and be led by a civilian.

Sir Peter told a seminar on Bougainville yesterday (fri) in Port Moresby that its work will be more focussed than that of the PMG, though it will still support the parties to the peace process and the UN Observer Mission.

But he says it will not include the kind of patrolling or monitoring and investigation of alleged ceasefire violations that the PMG carried out.

Sir Peter says the change is both an expression of confidence in the peace process and a challenge to the parties to make sure peace becomes self sustaining.