23 Jan 2017

Warning security operation in PNG is not a long-term solution

From , 7:04 am on 23 January 2017

There are warnings that a major security forces callout to Papua New Guinea's Hela province will not provide a long-term solution to ongoing tribal fighting.

Late last month, 300 police and military personnel were deployed to Hela, which is home to the lucrative LNG project, after months of tribal fighting and a build-up of high-powered firearms.

Dozens of people are understood to have died last year in fighting and lawlessness which has been particularly bad around Hela's capital Tari.

Johnny Blades had more.

Since the callout, police have been on a province-wide drive to collect illegal firearms in Hela.

An amnesty is in place for tribes to surrender their arms by the end of February.

Johnny Blades spoke to some of those in Hela about the situation.

Hela Province Tribesmen

Hela Province Tribesmen Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades