PNG DEFENSE FORCE RUNNING OUT OF FOOD

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PORT MORESBY --The Papua New Guinea Defense Force is facing a critical shortage of food as a result of its continuing serious funding problems.

Defense Force authorities told a media briefing Friday the force currently cannot provide three meals a day, reports NBC.

The briefing followed a day off given to soldiers at Murray Barracks because there was no food in the barracks mess. Staff of the Defense Department have requested and are waiting for extra funds to be released from the Finance Department.

Only last week Acting Finance Secretary Issac Lupari, while saying Papua New Guinea economic growth has improved, admitted the Sandline payout of some K20 million ($US14.6m) has created some cash problems for all government departments.

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