22 Mar 2003

PNG villgers in Madang seek removal of illegal settlers

8:28 am on 22 March 2003

More than 6-thousand village people from Madang have petitioned the Papua New Guinea government to remove all illegal settlements in the town.

The villagers marched from Balasigo market to the provincial government office where they warned that if the government did not respond within seven days, they would mobilise and remove the settlements.

Governor James Yali accepted the petition that was addressed to Prime minister Sir Michael Somare and he assured the villagers that the National Executive Council will consider the demands.

Mr Yali says outsiders living in Madang must respect locals and their customs.