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October 28, 2021

OO’Neill Wants Australia to RespecPNG’s Sovereignty

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says he expects Australia to respectthe sovereignty oPNG andthe rights of its citizens.

O’Neill was responding to a question raised in parliament today bythe Member for Manus Ronny Knight.

Mr. Knight was concerned thaPNG has been splied on by Australia’s.

Mr. Knight sain PNG lackedthe capacity in its intelligence services, and thus was prone to threats.

He tookthe recent reports of Australia gthering intelligence information froPNG, and askedthe Prime Minister to confirm this report.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill confirmed today in parliament that Australia has been involved in collecting intelligence information in PNG

O’Neill said he has instructedthe Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato to summonthe Australian High Commission tPNG, Deborah Stokes, to provide an explanation on this matter.

Ms. Stokes will also be asked to explainthe asylum and visa issues brought up in parliament this week.

Prime Minister O’Neill saidthe issue of intelligence will also be discussed atthe Ministerial forum to be held in Canberra next month.

O’Neill saidthe country has also engaged officers from Israel to do a gap analysis of NIO and will be working to beef upIntelligence gthering activities on a timely manner.


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