PNG’S SOMARE ON MOTI INQUIRY: ‘GO TO HELL’

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PNG’S SOMARE ON MOTI INQUIRY: ‘GO TO HELL’

By Julia Daiabore

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 31) – Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has rejected calls for him to release the Moti Inquiry Report to the public, telling those making the call to "go to hell".

Arriving in Port Moresby yesterday after his big election victory looking fresh and buoyed by the National Alliance surge towards forming government, he was asked to comment on Australian media reports quoting a "leaked" report of the inquiry purported to highlight his involvement and the recommended action against him by the board of inquiry.

Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer told The Age newspaper he was concerned that the report recommended action against Sir Michael, and urged him to release the findings.

But Sir Michael’s comments were: "You can tell them (Australian media) to go to hell".

Sir Michael told the reporters at the Jacksons Airport that the Moti issue was a Solomon Islands (SI) and Australian government issue and had nothing to do with him.

"Moti issue is the issue with Sogavare and Australian government. I have nothing to do with it; that’s all."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the National Alliance Party, commenting on the Moti Inquiry Report being "leaked" to the Australian media said: "If the Australian media in collaboration with some PNG politicians want to determine the outcome of the formation of government, I wish them luck.

"National Alliance does not have to depend on luck; the people of Papua New Guinea have spoken through the polls. Papua New Guineans want leaders who could deliver political and economic independence, not leaders who go crying to the Australian public," the spokesperson said.

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