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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 7) – Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highlands province has recorded 101 deaths from tribal fights since 1991.

Unggai Bena Member of Parliament Benny Allan said the victims were from Hofaga, Mohuveto, Segagu and Kopogiu.

Allan said there were 50 deaths from Hofaga since the fight started in 1991 and stopped in 2002, another 50 deaths from Mohuveto between 1998-2001 and one death from Kopogiu. He said the number of victims from Segagu is undetermined.

"Figures are not confirmed from Segagu," he said. "The people of Sekagu and Kopgiu will sign a cease fire agreement in Goroka on Monday next week to stop the tribal fights," he said.

He said leaders of Hafaga would come to a round table discussion next month, as the situation is still tense in the area.

Mr Allan said "law and order was the priority area" in his electorate and he would do his best to bring normalcy back to the area.

January 8, 2004

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