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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Aug. 21) - Public
Service Minister Peter O'Neill has condemned the ethnic clashes at the Nine-Mile
settlement outside Port Moresby between the Tari people of Southern Highlands
and the Goilala people of Central province.

O'Neill called on the two sides to stop the killings immediately
and allow the law to take its own course.

O'Neill, who is also the Ialibu-Pangia MP, said yesterday these
groups of people must respect the value of human lives and the rule of law.

He said: "This is not a tribal fighting zone for these two
ethnic groups and they must stop fighting in the capital city of this

O'Neill said both sides must know that they are not traditional
enemies and the causes of the ongoing clashes could be resolved amicably and
they should resort to proper legal process.

He urged the community leaders from both sides to hand over the
suspects to the police and negotiate for a more peaceful solution.

He said such killings and lawlessness were a hindrance to the
advancement of PNG.

"It is very sad for the country when people living in the
capital of the country were fighting each other as if we were still in the dark
ages," he said.

"We have to stop this sort of behavior and move this
country forward with the rest of the world."

August 21, 2003

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