PM O’Neill made the comments as Papua New Guinea woke up to a New Year with minimal reports of disturbances over the festive period.
“People in communities right around our nation have been able to enjoy celebrations with family and friends and welcome in the New Year.
“I thank members of the public and community leaders throughout the nation for working together and enabling our people to enjoy time together."
The Prime Minister said there were isolated incidents of altercations, often involving alcohol, and opportunistic crimes, but this is to be expected around the world.
"In any town in any country you will always find a few individuals who lack respect, but they are in the minority.
"But we have seen for the greater majority that people were able to enjoy themselves and see in the New Year.
“This has been the same for the last few years and is a change from the problems of decades past.”
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