The National, Thuresday 12th January 2012
FORMER Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane has commended the commitment by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his deputy, Belden Namah to sort out their differences and work together.
“I am very happy they have buried their differences to work together as a team for the good of the country,” he said.
Sir Paulias said Namah must remember that the National Executive Council must be consulted before he made calls to recall the Papua New Guinean ambassador to Jakarta and close the Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby.
He said such decisions were not for one man alone to make.
“Fortunately, O’Neill has decided to put aside differences and work together and both leaders and the government should learn from this and do something good for the nation,” he said.
Sir Paulias said O’Neill had ‘turned the other cheek’ and made peace after a war of words following the Indonesia airspace fiasco.
He said it was important to understand the concept of forgiveness as it could go a long way in helping to shape the nation.
He reminded leaders and people to have the 6 Fs policy always with them – forgive, forget, focus, future, forward, and free.
Sir Paulias said the two leaders had taken this approach.