16 Jul 2002

Businesses reopen in PNG town Mendi after being shut for a week

5:46 pm on 16 July 2002

Banks and some shops in the Southern Highlands province in Papua New Guinea have re-opened after being closed for nearly a week because of the increase in election-related violence.

A spokesperson from the Mendi District Office says some businesses have re-opened after closing their doors because of the increase of election related violence.

The Mendi District Office says for those businesses that did open security was tight and that they had restricted trading hours amid reports of low food supplies in town.

It says highway robberies also restrict food supplies reaching Mendi from Lae.

Meanwhile, the Southern Highlands police commander, Nema Mondia says troops will be sent to another

troublespot - Tari.

Mr Mondia says the troops will help maitain law and order after a gunbattle between police and armed people trying to ransack a shop.

He says while there were no casualties the situation is quite tense.