Peace deal for tribes after quake

A peace deal is being brokered between warring tribes in Papua New Guinea’s quake affected Hela province.

There are unconfirmed reports that at least eight people have been killed so far in the violence which is linked to disputes over land ownership.

The unrest has also affected relief efforts in the wake of the massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake in February which killed at least 125 people.

Powerful aftershocks also continue to rock the region with the latest a 6.3 quake which struck the provincial capital Tari on Saturday killing four people and destroying more buildings.

A military officer working to co-ordinate relief efforts in the province, Francis Vitata said authorities were trying to mediate between the warring parties.

“But we have yesterday discussed with one party. The following opposing force we will send the police in to establish dialogue and then set a time and place and then we will go and meet with them,” he said.

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