A new danger is feared on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville. A large?
"MR HANNETT .........."
"...... SOUTH PACIFIC REGION."
Q. M. Hannett can you see any prospects for long term unity or eventual unity between Papua/New Guinea and Bougainville?
A. I may sound extremely pessimistic but I feel that there is no possibility of unity with Papua/New Guinea under the present condition but I would like to say that given good will on both sides there may be an opening for possibility of mutual happy coexistence if PNG Government recognise the principles for which the Bougainvillians are fighting for, and I believe this same principles are the ones that will spell peace in PNG as well as for the whole South Pacific regions.
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Background: A new danger is feared on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville. A large quantity of explosives has been stolen from a government store, and it's feared they may be in the hands of hard-core secessionists, reluctant to accept the present true with the Papua New Guinea Government a total of two-and-a-half thousand sticks of dynamite has been taker from the government store at Buin. The main damage in Monday's riots occurred at Buin, where secession clashed with pro-government forces destroying the local jail and other buildings. It was at Buin that and ABC correspondent Jim Hall spoke with a leave of the secessionist movement, Mr. Leo Hannett.