16 Sep 2002

UN representative in Bougainville says peace process threatened by lawlessness

11:05 am on 16 September 2002

The United Nation's representative on the Papua New Guinea Island of Bougainville says the peace process will be at risk if law and order problems continue.

Noel Sinclair says the situation on Bougainville is very precarious, despite the peace agreement ending the secessionist conflict.

He says the weapons disposal programme is progressing well, but there were still a few young men, as he put it, running around with guns causing the situation to be shaky.

The Post Courier newspaper quotes Mr Sinclair as saying the Weapons Disposal Committee has discussed the end of this month as the deadline for stage two to be completed.

It has also considered the disbanding of A Company, a military group affiliated to the secessionist leader, Francis Ona, and his Mekamui Defence Force.

Mr Sinclair said the group had repeated their commitment to the weapons disposal programme.