"We declare our first goal to be for every person to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others".

- Papua New Guinea National Goals and Directive Principles

Thursday, 6 January 2011

ABC Asia Pacific - PNG Minister appeals for calm over LNG payments

Papua New Guinea's Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations, Mark Maipakai has appealed to disgruntled landowners of the multi-billion-kina liquefied natural gas (LNG) project not to take the law into their own hands over delays in payments.

"There are proper processes and procedures to follow, and threatening the government and the developers is not the way forward," he said.

Maipakai said landowners should think about the long-term benefits of the project and not invite police to use force on them.

He said police manpower at the project sites was intact and additional assistance would be given if there was a need.

Three police mobile units, comprising about 100 men, were at the LNG sites.

He urged landowners issuing threats to approach the issue as matured adults because their actions now would affect the future of their children and grandchildren.

Mr Maipakai, however, could not say whether there were strategies in place to curb any escalating lawlessness.

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