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Maze, Kerry and Yvette Issar. 2009 ‘Case Study of the South Pacific: PNG: Bougainville.’ International Assistance for Implementing the UN Programme of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), pp. 13-14. Geneva: United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research / UNIDIR. 17 November

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Bougainville

Confirmed reports of high-powered weapons as well as ammunition, which were left well preserved in old war bunkers near Torokina from the Second World War, are being dug up and sold to Noah Musingku's army in Tonu, in southern Bougainville, which has led to speculation that an arms build-up is taking place.(50)

Interviewees stated that most of the young adults in Bougainville are in possession of arms,(51) and arms are beginning to circulate again, mostly for
self-protection.(52)

Sources cited:
50) "Bougainville arms buildup in Tonu confirmed", Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association, 9 March 2009.
51) Interview with Geraldine Paul, Communication and Public Relation Officer, Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council, Port Moresby, 27 October 2008.
52) Interview with Tessa Te Mata, New Zealand Agency for International Development Country Manager and Counsellor, New Zealand High Commission, Port Moresby, 23 October 2008.

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