Forum Chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has expressed his condolences following the landslide in Papua New Guinea’s Enga Province on 24 May.

“The Forum family of our 18 Pacific nations and our dialogue and development partners join us in extending thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the government and people of Papua New Guinea,” he said in a statement.

Brown acknowledged the gravity of the situation, describing it as an “absolute tragedy.”

“We mourn with Papua New Guinea and her people at the many lives lost and uprooted. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those directly affected and the people and government of Papua New Guinea.”

Offering support, Brown stated, “The Forum stands ready to assist and offer our support through this period of bereavement and recovery, noting with appreciation the humanitarian efforts of our Forum family and the international community.”

He concluded with a message of hope and resilience.

“May strength, unity, and healing prevail through this time,” said PM Brown.