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New Australian commander for Bougainville.



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News Release

Defence

 

DPIO 59/98

Wednesday 29 April 1998

 

NEW AUSTRALIAN COMMANDER FOR BOUGAINVILLE

 

EDITORS:   Correcting earlier release and ammending period of service for Brigadier Osborn from 22 years to 31 years.

 

An Australian military commander will lead the peace monitoring work on Bougainville following the permanent ceasefire agreement which comes into force at midnight tomorrow.

 

Brigadier Bruce Osborn takes over from Colonel Jerry Mateparae of New Zealand, as the agreement comes into effect and the role of the Truce Monitoring Group (TMG) changes to a Peace Monitoring Group (PMG).

 

Brigadier Osborn, who was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 1993 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, has had a wide ranging 31-year-long military career.

 

He served with 9 RAR in South Vietnam in 1968/69, followed by a range of Australian based and overseas appointments, including a three year stint as Australia’s first Defence Attaché in the Australian Mission to the United Nations.

 

The change to the PMG is in accordance with the terms of the Lincoln Agreement for Peace, Security and Development negotiated earlier this year in New Zealand.

 

Australia will play a larger role in the monitoring operation, however the PMG will remain unarmed and neutral. It comprises civilian and military personnel from Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Fiji.

 

Further Information:

Colonel Andy Reynolds (02) 6265 2929 (b(h)  0419 292 455 (mob)

News Editors Note:

 

A photograph of Brigadier Osborn is available from Defence’s Electronic Media Unit on

02 6266 6669 or after hours on 0418 633 025