18 Jan 2005

Bougainville group wants compensation over PNG soldier massacre

4:22 pm on 18 January 2005

A group on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville is demanding 160-thousand US dollars in compensation over the 1996 Kangu Beach massacre.

In the incident, a number of Papua New Guinea security staff were killed and others taken hostage.

The National newspaper reports that the group led by the Buin Resistance Force commander, Andrew Kiata, is demanding the money as compensation for helping free the captured soldiers.

He says it's unfair that former Bougainville Revolutionary Army soldiers were paid, while his men who risked their lives to save the soldiers, were ignored.

The newspaper reports the demands were made in a letter addressed to the Inter-Governmental Relations Minister Sir Peter Barter, last October.

However, Sir Peter says the government will not entertain any such demands.