PNG PRIME MINISTER SKATE WANTS LAW AND ORDER SOLUTION

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (February 18, 1999 -- Post-Courier)---The Prime Minister has directed Police Minister Thomas Pelika to immediately conduct a law and order seminar to address the current crime situation in the National Capital District (NCD).

Mr. Skate has called on the NCD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, non-government organizations, including the churches, women groups, and landowners to attend the seminar.

"In recent times, there have been increasing reports of criminals terrorizing innocent people, including our friends from other countries. We must not allow criminals to hold us to ransom,'' he said.

"I urge all peace-loving citizens to attend this seminar so we can gauge the views of a wide cross-section of the National Capital District community and surrounding areas.''

Mr. Skate's concern comes after reports of isolated incidences of criminal activities in recent weeks.

"Apart from it being the gateway to the rest of PNG, it does not portray a good image to our overseas friends.''

Mr. Skate said the Government would carefully consider the recommendations from this seminar.

"These recommendations will complement the Government's own initiatives on addressing the law and order problem in the National Capital District and the country as a whole.''

Mr. Skate said there was no time to point fingers at each other.

"That is why I also called on the Opposition to work together with the Government, the business sector and the general community to fight this cancerous disease.''

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