Papua New Guinea Defence Force accused

Sydney - Amnesty International said that Papua New Guinea's defence force should be held accountable for more than 40 deaths and "disappear- ances" last year on Bougain-ville, Reuter reports.

The report claimed the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) and the paramilitary Resistance Forces were responsible for 44 "unlawful or indiscriminate killings or `disappearances'," last year. Amn-esty also condemned what it described as "deliberate and arbitrary" killings by the BRA and called on the rebels to stop holding hostages.

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