7 Jul 2005

UN hails Bougainville mission as success

2:21 pm on 7 July 2005

The United Nations has hailed the success of its peace-building mission in Papua New Guinea's province of Bougainville, including implementation of provisions relating to disarmament and elections.

Briefing the Security Council, Assistant Secretary General for political affairs, Danilo Turk, said he was pleased to report the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Bougainville has been fully implemented.

Mr Turk says the parties have now made a critical, perhaps the most significant step in the implementation of the Boungainville Peace Agreement.

He says everybody at the United Nations should feel proud of having been able to help.

The UN mission was set up in 1998 and ended last month.