17 Oct 2002

Threats in Buka over PNG payment

6:11 pm on 17 October 2002

Reports from Papua New Guinea say former Bougainville fighters have threatened public servants and forced them to flee their offices in Buka in a stand-off over funding allocated to the province.

The ex-combatants for the so-called resistance were reportedly angry at not being given a share of a 300-thousand US dollar contribution from the national government.

The National newspaper reports that the former fighters appeared to have been under the influence of alcohol.

It is not known if they were entitled to any of the money.

The province has suffered from a funding shortfall, with power cuts forcing the Buka hospital to close.

The Bougainville governor, John Momis, has appealed to the people to work towards achieving stability.