Bougainville News Alert: BRA and PNG military to reconcile 20 years after war ends

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There are plans for a reconciliation between the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and the former Bougainville Revolutionary Army.

The Bougainville Civil War caused incredible devastation and loss, including this picture taken at the ruins of Arawa Hospital in 1997. Photo: AFP

Radio NZ is reporting

Both armies opposed each other during the Bougainville civil war which ended nearly 20 years ago.

Now, with the region preparing for a vote on possible independence from PNG, the Bougainville parliamentary referendum committee wants the former warring groups to reconcile.

The committee chair, Joseph Watawi, says both the PNGDF commander, Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo, and the former leader of the BRA, Sam Kauona, back the plan.

He says reconciliation is vital for the future of Bougainville.

“It is a must that this reconciliation take place and I guess it is an act to get and ensuring that the peace is sustained. And it is also part and parcel of the spirit and the letter of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.”

One comment on “Bougainville News Alert: BRA and PNG military to reconcile 20 years after war ends

  1. The parties directly involved in the war (conflict) on Bougainville were the mining company Rio Tinto (CRA/RTZ until 1995) and the Australian Government who used money from its tax payers, that is the money of Australian citizens to promote and prolong the war in Bougainville by arming and supplying the PNG Defence Forces in order to re-open the Panguna mine.
    The PNG Defence Forces knew the war (conflict) on Bougainville was not worth fighting for or the human suffering that occurred on both sides because the PNG Defence Force stopped the hired killers from Sandline International (mercenaries) in March 1997.
    One can only assume that from March 1997 until the present (2015), the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) and the PNG Defence Forces have already reconciled as peace has reigned on Bougainville and the war has ceased.

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