16 Dec 2011

Drive for dialogue and mediation to try to solve PNG political crisis

11:49 am on 16 December 2011

Efforts are being made to establish a dialogue between the two groupings claiming to be the government of Papua New Guinea.

Sir Arnold Amet, the Attorney General in the Sir Michael Somare grouping and his counterpart in the Peter O'Neill camp, Dr Allan Marat, are proposing dialogue and there are signs this could happen.

Sir Arnold says it is possible that international mediators could be sought.

He says Sir Michael Somare yesterday wrote to the leaders of the rival group expressing a willingness to talk.

"I trust that today we can progress that with considerable dignity to avert any confrontation amongst our people and our security and law enforcement agencies, which are the very last things that we would want."