He said while the road to the Games was not easy it was a very good decision.
“Last night we thanked the best athletes of our region for their outstanding performances over two weeks of competition,” PM O’Neill said.
“We saw the best of our athletes and Papua New Guinea won our home games.
“People around the nation are filled with pride and a heightened sense of national unity.
“In the fortieth anniversary of our country as a state, the outcome of the Games is a wonderful achievement.