6 Sep 2016

PNG and Fiji due for talks after lapsed ultimatum

4:00 pm on 6 September 2016

Fiji has reportedly agreed to send two of bio-security officers into Papua New Guinea after PNG threatened to cut trade in a long-running dispute.

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Port Moresby harbour, Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZ/ Koro Vaka'uta

This was announced by PNG's trade minister Richard Maru who told the Post Courier that he welcomed the response from Fiji.

PNG had given Fiji until the end of August to allow PNG Ox & Palm corned beef into the country or face a trade ban.

The two sides made conflicting statements about the state of their communication and the issue at stake.

The ban was not applied and Fiji is now sending officers to PNG to discuss the matter.