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PNG Update: Standoff continues

The stand-off – and confusion – continues in Papua New Guinea where both Sir Michael Somare and Peter O’Neill claim the Prime Ministership. Here is a round up of today’s coverage.

PNG’s two attorney generals take part in live debate, agree to possible crisis meeting (Radio Australia)

PNG church leaders call for grand coalition (RNZI)

PNG should try a national unity government says Lowy Institute (Lowy Institute)

The Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General has released a statement expressing his concern about the PNG situation.

“”The Secretary-General is concerned about the current tensions in Papua New Guinea in connection with the disputed prime ministership. He calls on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and to avoid an escalation of the situation. The Secretary-General hopes that the crisis will be resolved soon in a peaceful manner in accordance with the Constitution.” (United Nations)

General coverage at the PNG Post Courier and The National.



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