11 Jun 2003

Madang province tries again to have settlers expelled

4:23 pm on 11 June 2003

Lawyers for the Madang provincial government are to appear in court today seeking approval to evict settlers from the Papua New Guinea town.

The eviction exercise, targetting illegal settlers from the highlands region, has been stalled since March because of a court injunction obtained by the settlers.

Now, after three months, the provincial government says it can't prolong the matter any longer.

Lawyer Simon Alberic says the government is taking out the order because the exercise has cost it time and money and any delay would increase the costs.

Mr Alberic says any evictions would be dealt with according to a memorandum of understanding signed between provincial government and settlers.

The MOU says genuine settlers will be identified and unaffected by the measures.