Peter O'Neill Demands Investigation for Deceased PNG in the United States

PORT MORESBY - The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has sought information form the Department of Foreign Affairs over claims that Papua New Guinea’s Embassy in the United States did not provide sufficient support to the family of a citizen who recently passed away due to a medical condition.

Correspondence from family and friends of the Late Enoch P. Melsom, from Mt Hagen, and a number of related social media posts have raised serious claims that the Prime Minister said need to be answered.

“A young man has died in tragic circumstances and his family feel let down by our diplomatic staff,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said after receiving some of the correspondence.

“On behalf of the family of this young man I am demanding answers from our foreign officials through a formal investigation. Our diplomats must be available to help Papua New Guineans abroad, particularly in their times of need and grief."

“When a life is lost, Papua New Guineans more than people from other countries, expect that the body be brought home and help is often required to do so. Returning the body home is of utmost importance in our culture and the Department of Foreign Affairs has an obligation to do all they can to assist in this process. I expect a full report to be prepared immediately by the Department,” he add.

The Prime Minister offered his condolences and prayers to the family of the Late Mr Melsom, saying he was a young man who had a bright future ahead of him before losing his life to a brain tumor.

“The Late Enoch Melsom was following his dream to be a pilot and was progressing well with his studies,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said. “To be taken by a tumor at a young age is terribly sad and my prayers are with Mr Melsom’s family. “May I offer condolences on behalf of the Government.”

The Prime Minister said appropriate action will be taken following investigation of the claims.­­ [PNGFacts]
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