10 Oct 2005

PNG's Bougainville police opposed to intervention force

12:02 pm on 10 October 2005

The police chief of the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is resisting pressure to bring in an intervention force to deal with illegal roadblocks.

According to a report in the newspaper, The National, the assistant commissioner, Joseph Bemu, said many Bougainvillean leaders wanted an operation similar to the Regional Assistant Mission in Solomon Islands.

He said he had advised the Police Minister against such action and has proposed instead that former combatants be recruited as community, auxiliary and reserve police to maintain law and order.

He said the move would culminate in the setting up of a Bougainville Security Council.

Assistant Commissioner Bemu said he came up with the plan after the leaders gave him a week to come up with a strategy to improve policing.