12 Jul 2005

UN offers Bougainville government some of its former offices

8:22 pm on 12 July 2005

The United Nations in Papua New Guinea is offering to pass on some of its former mission offices, to the new government of Bougainville.

The UN's acting resident co-ordinator in PNG, Isiaye Ndombi, says other arms of the world body are maintaining a presence in the Papua New Guinea province.

The offices, vehicles and furniture of the five-year-old UN Observer Mission are due to be transferred to other branches of the UN, when the mission staff leave next month.

But Mr Ndombi says some of the assets will be offered to the provincial government.

"The whole issue of how the assets of the observer mission will be absolved with the other UN agencies, is still under discussion. Quite a number of those assets will, of course, we'll pass on to the government of Bougainville."

The head of the former UN Observer Mission, Tor Stenbock, says his offices are 'a going concern', and having another arm of the UN taking over all the property is the 'best thing to do'.