Leaders of Hela and Southern Highlands have started peace negotiations over the death of two slain Hela police officers in Mendi last month.
In a recent meeting in Port Moresby, the Southern Highlands party said they have accepted demands for compensation however they have called on their political leaders to take lead in resolving the issue between the two sister provinces.
“We accept the demands and we will meet the payment and customary obligations. We are appealing to our leaders especially Governor William Powi to intervene and we will back him up,” leader of the Southern Highlands party, Joseph Kobol said.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the two officers are still at the funeral home in Port Moresby and will be repatriated home for burial once compensation packages are met and peace is restored.
The negotiations will continue and a peace ceremony will be staged in Mendi.