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PM Peter O'Neill condemns Papua New Guinea mutiny

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has condemned an attempted mutiny in Port Moresby, calling the events "completely unnecessary".

In a separate interview, with ABC News, he said lead mutineer Colonel Yaura Sasa was being "dealt with".

Mr O'Neill also said that defence chief Brig Gen Francis Agwi, who was arrested during the incident, had been freed.

His comments came after up to 20 soldiers took control of the country's military HQ.

Thursday's events were linked to the ongoing conflict between Mr O'Neill and ousted PM Sir Michael Somare - the two men claiming the role of prime minister.

The two men have been wrangling over the leadership role for six months.

  • 26 Jan 2012
  • From the section Asia