That first Burnham meeting led to a truce and, over the next year or so, a ceasefire was achieved; eventually the PNGDF left Bougainville.
It's also clear that local men served in the PNGDF and that, unlike Sam, some did not defect, perhaps because the army was their livelihood, perhaps because their clans were not affected by the mine.
Careless mouths meant that the PNGDF already knew we were there and weren't too happy about it.
Partly thanks to the mine's closure, lack of budget often leaves the PNGDF without electricity and its troops are left to gaze upon the defiant lights spangling the rebel territory they're blockading.
In fact, there were many back and forth accusations about SI support for the BRA, on the one hand, and PNGDF incursions into SI on the other.
Support for the BRA against the PNGDF is refrained and reshaped to establish and solidify new forms of identity in Guadalcanal, especially by comparison of their experiences with the people of Bougainville.
Much of the reporting focused on alleged atrocities committed by the PNGDF against civilians in Bougainville.
For instance, in the November 29, 1996 issue of The Solomon Star, the PNGDF is portrayed as incompetent and undisciplined in comparison with the BRA.
Still other reports focus on territorial issues, especially accusations of border incursions by the PNGDF chasing Bougainvillean refugees (and perhaps BRA fighters) into the Solomon Islands published in the Solomon Star in 1997.
After reading a copy of the Solomon Citizen in which there was a large spread of photos of BRA soldiers with captured PNGDF soldiers, he asked me in Pijin who I thought would win, BRA or PNG.