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Monday, 19 September 1994
Page: 893


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the ceasefire agreement between the Papua New Guinean Government and the Bougainville Interim Government with regard to the peacekeeping force maintained that it must be a South Pacific force with no Australian involvement and with a United Nations mandate, and

    (ii)the Australian Government has broken the ceasefire agreement on this issue of the peacekeeping force by pushing ahead with an Australian naval blockade of Bougainville and the appointment of an Australian colonel as head of the South Pacific peacekeeping force, without consultation or agreement from the Bougainville representatives which was integral to the agreement;

  (b)acknowledges that Australia is not seen by the Bougainvilleans as being a neutral party to the conflict and in fact part of the reason for the civil war starting in 1988 was Australia's mining presence;

  (c)recognises that Bougainville representatives believe Australia's actions are seriously threatening the fragile peace process; and

  (d)calls on the Australian Government to reverse plans to have an Australian presence in the naval blockade and in the peacekeeping troops to allow these roles to be filled by countries that are truly neutral in the Bougainville conflict.