PNG’S SOMARE CUTS COMMUNICATION WITH AUSTRALIA

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PNG’S SOMARE CUTS COMMUNICATION WITH AUSTRALIA

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 23) - PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare says he has closed all communication with his Australian counterpart, reacting to Australia refusing him and Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare entry into Australia.

Somare's tough remark came as Australian Prime Minister John Howard arrived into the country yesterday to attend the 37th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting.

"I have no regrets for my actions and I will not apologize to anyone. If Australia will try to pull out their aids from PNG then so be it, we are not afraid," said Somare.

The PNG leader also joined other Melanesian heads of State in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in condemning the recent action by Australian police officers in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Island (RAMSI) who forcefully broke into Sogavare's office and removed documents after his departure to Fiji last week.

The leaders of Fiji, Vanuatu, PNG and the Solomon's say these actions are provocative and un-called for.

The PNG government has copped a ban by Australia for its refusal to extradite Australian lawyer Julian Moti to face child-sex charges.

Moti arrived in the Solomons last week on a clandestine PNG military flight from Port Moresby where he hid in the Solomons High Commission for a week to avoid arrest and extradition.

Sogavare wants Moti as his attorney general and last week threatened to oust Australian elements of RAMSI if Canberra did not back off in its pursuit of his friend and adviser.

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