8 Nov 2011

Bougainville prepares for ceasefire signing in the South

8:34 pm on 8 November 2011

Preparations are under way for the official signing of a ceasefire agreement in Konnou in the south of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville.

This follows negotiations between the autonomous Bougainville government and the rebel leader, Damian Koike, who has held sway in the region for years.

The newspaper, The National, reports the Bougainville Vice President Patrick Nisira, saying the agreement would end more than six years of conflict which has claimed more than 50 lives.

He says the conflict has caused insecurity for women and children, displacing many families.

Mr Nisira says the signing is planned for next month.