17 Dec 2011

PNG's Somare calls on groups not to exacerbate political stand off

7:14 am on 17 December 2011

Papua New Guinea's Sir Michael Somare is calling on the Trade Union Congress and other organisations not to further exacerbate the current political stand off in the country.

The Trade Union Congress as well as Church leaders are calling for politicians to find a solution to the political impasse in the country following a court ruling on Monday.

That ruling declared Peter O'Neill's election as prime minister in August, in place of Sir Michael, ilegal.

The Court then reinstated Sir Michael but Mr O'Neill asserts he has been voted in by the bulk of the MPs.

Public pressure is now growing for an end to the political standoff.

Civil society groups in Port Moresby put forward a petition to Mr O'Neill yesterday saying if a solution was not reach by next Tuesday then there will be civil unrest.

But Sir Michael is calling on those making such statements to recognise the calm that exists in the Capital, and to not stir up sentiments by interfering at this present time.

He says the public has shown that it is business as usual by going about their daily activities.