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Challenging the State: the Sandline Affair in Papua New Guinea

CollectionsANU Pacific Institute
Title: Challenging the State: the Sandline Affair in Papua New Guinea
Author(s): Dinnen, Sinclair
May, Ron
Regan, Anthony J
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : National Centre for Development Studies, Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University.
Canberra, ACT : Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University.
Series/Report no.: National Centre for Development Studies (NCDS). Pacific Policy Papers : No. 30
Regime Change and Maintenance in Asia and the Pacific. Discussion paper series : No. 21
In February 1997 the Australian media disclosed that the Papua New Guinea government had engaged a private company-Sandline International-to supply mercenaries and military equipment to eliminate secessionist leaders on Bougainville island and repossess the giant Panguna mine. Events took a further dramatic turn on 17 March 1997 when the commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Brigadier General Jerry Singirok, announced publicly that he would no longer cooperate with what he called the government's 'corrupt deal'. Singirok's act of defiance precipitated the most serious political crisis in Papua New Guinea's twenty two years of independence. This volume presents the impressions of a number of ANUbased scholars of Papua New Guinea politics who watched closely as these events unfolded. It also sets out a chronology of the main events and reproduces some of the key documents relating to the Sandline Affair. It will provide a useful resource to researchers and others interested in this remarkable episode in Papua New Guinea's postindependence political history.
ISBN: 0731523660
ISSN: 0817-0444


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