24 Dec 2005

PNG to pay US$3m to former resistance fighters in Bougainville

7:28 am on 24 December 2005

Papua New Guinea has reportedly said it will pay off former combatants in the Bougainville Resistance.

The former militants had expected the national government to pay the three million US dollars they claimed they were owed for providing services to security forces during the civil war.

Radio Australia reports the Bougainville Affairs minister, Sir Peter Barter, as saying PNG will pay them the three million US dollars.

Sir Peter says the money must be used for agreed purposes that benefit the whole community.

The ex-combatants held a week-long pay protest at the election office in the Bougainville capital Buka earlier this month.