The National, Wednesday 28th March 2012
The National Security Advisory Committee has met to discuss the proposed move to impose a state-of-emergency in Southern Highlands province.
However, government sources said last night the committee had decided to refer the matter to the National Executive Council which is expected to meet today.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said there were serious law and order issues in Southern Highlands that needed to be addressed immediately.
He said the national government was concerned about the progress of the PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and would move quickly to effectively deal with lawlessness and disorderly behaviour by the landowners.
O’Neill had proposed to declare a state-of-emergency following the forced closure of operations at Hides 4 by landowners.
Consequently, Esso Highlands Ltd responded by suspending operations and demobilising its workers at Hides 4 because they could not work.