23 Apr 2012

NZ govt keen to see PNG elections go ahead on time

7:24 pm on 23 April 2012

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully says his government would like to see Papua New Guinea go to national elections as originally scheduled.

Reports from PNG indicate the coalition government of Peter O'Neill may move again to defer the elections scheduled by the Electoral Commissioner for June.

Some high-profile calls from Australia's government encouraging PNG not to defer elections have been rebuffed by the O'Neill government.

Mr McCully says New Zealand is trying to be supportive of efforts to hold the elections on time.

"PNG will need to understand that this is something that other countries are taking a close interest in. We hope they'll manage to land in a good place. There are"

quite a number of players with differing views, conveying those views and debating them fairly vigorously in PNG at the moment and New Zealand's trying to be constructive in dealing with what is quite a complex and difficult situation.