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Visit to Bougainville



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DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL TERRITORIES FOR PRESS _______

VISIT TO BOUGAINVILLE

(Statement by the Minister for External Territories, the Hon. C.E. Barnes, Μ.P . ) .

The Minister for External Territories Mr Barnes, said today that he would visit Bougainville from 20th to 25th March.

Mr Barnes said this was part of his normal programme for regular visits to all districts of Papua and New Guinea.

He would be accompanied by Members of the House of Assembly. In South Bougainville he would tour - with Mr Paul Lapun and in Northern Bougainville with Mr Donatus Mola. The regional member, Mr Joseph Lue,

would accompany him throughout his visit.

Mr Barnes said he would visit the Bougain-· ville Copper Project and have discussions with various political groups, Local Government Councils and co-operative societies not only in the Iiieta area but

also at Buin and Buka.

Mr Barnes said that he welcomed opportunities to meet Papuans and New Guineans and to hear their problems at first-hand during visits to the Territory.

CANBERRA. . A.C.T.

PORT MORESBY. T.P.N.G.

10 March, 1970