12 Aug 2003

Bougainville governor says no link between BRA and Keke

4:41 pm on 12 August 2003

The governor of the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville says he is sure there is no link between the Solomon Islands warlord, Harold Keke, and the Bougainville Revolutionary Army.

John Momis's comments come after newspapers in PNG reported a possible link and associated aid between the two groups.

The papers had said Keke had been on Bougainville during the last month and was building up guns and manpower with the assistance of the BRA.

Mr Momis says he believes the BRA would not be interested in helping Keke.

"There may be people who might be rebelling against authority and in so doing support the rebellious nature of Keke's idealogy or activities. The BRA commanders and resistance force commanders have certainly disassociated themselves from such possible cooperation between Keke and Bougainvilleans."

John Momis.