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Yearbook 1996

Papua New Guinea. In June, the government launched a military offensive against the separatist guerrilla Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA), which controlled a tenth of the mineral-rich island of Bougainville. According to Countryaah.com, the attack was assumed to be due to the government's frustration that the peace talks with the guerrillas had no result. It caused strong irritation to the neighboring Solomon Islands government and was also condemned by Australia and New Zealand.

1996 Papua New Guinea

In November, former rebel leader Gernard Sinato was named "prime minister" for Bougainville. He was considered to have the conditions to end the protracted civil war that so far required about 1,000 casualties.

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