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ublished: Jul 24, 2005 10:54 PM EST
Francis Ona, the charismatic leader of a bloody secessionist movement in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, died Sunday.
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is expected to fly to Port Moresby next week in a bid to resurrect Australia's stalled policing program in Papua New Guinea.
He is tipped to arrive on Tuesday night for talks on Wednesday with PNG's Foreign Minister Rabbie Namaliu over $A1 billion Enhanced Cooperation Program (ECP).
More than 100 Australian police were pulled out of Port Moresby and Bougainville in May after PNG's Supreme Court ruled that an agreement between the two governments to grant Australian officers immunity from prosecution under PNG law was in breach of PNG's 30-year-old constitution.
The Australian government has insisted such protection is needed so Australian police can carry out their job of rebuilding the rundown PNG Constabulary as an effective law enforcement agency.
But the PNG government is ruling out changes to the PNG constitution to grant Australian police immunity.
A spokesman for Downer said intense negotiations between the two sides were continuing.