Unrest In PNG's Southern Highlands Province Calm At The Moment

Police reinforcements yet to arrive in Mendi; banks remain closed and doctors evacuated

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 13, 2017) – Police in Papua New Guinea say unrest has abated in the Southern Highlands capital Mendi.

Violence has lingered in the province since the general election began in June, and surged again this month amid delayed results.

Rioting forced many businesses in Mendi to close two weeks ago after the death of two policemen in election-related violence.

The police deputy commander of the Highlands Western End, Mark Yangen, said banks remain closed, and doctors have been evacuated from Mendi.

He said the local police contingent is still waiting on reinforcements from Papua New Guinea's capital.

"The special operations from Port Moresby have not arrived yet. That also depends on the money, how much money the government has put in for this operation," he said.

"So at the moment the local policemen who are based in Mendi are currently manning the situation on the ground. But as I said, it's pretty quiet at the moment."

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