Mt Bosavi Hostage Situation

Research community hails effort

Acting Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer of PNG Science & Technology Council Secretariat, Dr Kulala Mulung, greatly sympathized with the researchers and their families who endured such anxiety in the past two weeks.

Dr Mulung has acknowledged the efforts of the Police Commissioner, David Manning and his team of policemen involved in the safe release of the researchers.

He also extended his gratitude to the leaders in the province, including the Governor and the people of Southern Highlands Province.

Minister clarifies ransom and release of hostages

“I can confirm that neither the Prime Minister, James Marape nor the National Government were engaged directly with the hostage takers in relation to the terms of release or the ransom sum requested.

“Negotiations were deliberately undertaken by third parties, through an agreed operational strategy, so as to not compromise the State position on law enforcement,” Minister Tsiamalili said.

The Minister said that families of the hostages, supporters, local communities, and local authorities were engaged in the negotiations.