The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has highlighted Papua New Guinea’s position on significant regional and global foreign policy issues at the meeting of Pacific Leaders in Japan.
Speaking at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders‘ Meeting (PALM 8), the Prime Minister highlighted the Government’s position in relation to tensions on the Korean Peninsula and reform of the United Nations Security Council.
“There is no doubt the we live in complicated times in the global political context,” the Prime Minister said.
“There have been changes in the leadership of a number of governments, the Brexit vote and conflict in Syria with all of its human rights ramifications, just to name a few.
“It is times like these that Nation States must work together through global forums.
“We must work through the United Nations, but we know the UN system has its flaws and is need of reform.
“In particular, Papua New Guinea calls for reforms in the United Nations Security Council so that it is more relevant and responsive to security challenges that are faced in the world
Leaders at PALM8 further discussed tensions with North Korea and the implications this has at a regional level.
“A crucial issue the world is dealing with today is finding a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
“If conflict was to return there would be serious implications for all nations of the Asia-Pacific.
“For many decades, the leadership of North Korea have acted in a deeply disturbing manner and violated acceptable rules of behaviour and decency.
“Papua New Guinea further shares the concerns of the International Community over nuclear tests by North Korea.
“Our PALM host, Japan, is further facing an ongoing threat of conflict and the risks posed by missile tests.
“We also know of Japanese citizens being abducted, which is a violation of human rights and we support Japan in dealing with this matter.
“Papua New Guinea welcomes current negotiations taking place as a means to successfully address the Korean Peninsula issue.
“We must always work together and find political solutions in order to prevent war.”
Image: Prime Minister O’Neill meeting with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at PALM8, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 19 May, 2018.