30 May 2005

A PNG governor threatens to seek independence over ECP

4:05 pm on 30 May 2005

The governor of Papua New Guinea's Morobe province, Luther Wenge, has threatened to seek independence if the co-operation programme with Australia is reinstated under the same terms.

The Enhancement Corporation Programme has been suspended for two weeks because of a PNG court ruling that immunity provisions for Australian police were unconstitutional.

Senior PNG ministers have met their Australian counterparts in a bid to revive the programme and say they don't want to change the constitution.

A sticking point remains how PNG can accommodate the Australian demand for immunity.