Papua New Guinea's Opposition is deeply saddened by the loss of the Leader of their Legal team, Ambassador Peter Donigi who passed away due to a massive heart attack... (on January 30th).
A great man who brings out the best in people with his genuine humbleness and achievements as a constitutional lawyer and diplomat the Nation has lost one of its greats.
The Opposition Leader, Belden Namah expressed great sadness and loss at the ambassador’s passing who supported Namah in his fight against Corruption, providing legal advice and whose presence alongside the Opposition Leader boosted the fight against Corruption.
"We lost Ambassador Peter Donigi through a massive heart attack early this morning. He has been the team leader with our legal team. He is great loss to us and the country." said Namah.
We pray for peace and comfort for his family, colleagues and the people of East Sepik it is sad day for the Opposition, he said.
(PNG Edge reported that):
Donigi, from East Sepik province, was among the first batch of lawyers in the likes of Meg Taylor, to pass out from the Legal Training Institute when it was first established in 1973.
His life in public service, he first served as the Foreign Affairs and Trade deputy secretary to the late Sir Anthony Siaguru, who was the first secretary of the department when PNG gained independence in 1975.
Donigi was later appointed ambassador to the United Nations before returning to practicing as a lawyer for most part of his life.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
THE 56th UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
H.E. Mr. PETER DONIGI, CBE.
NEW YORK, NY
15TH NOVEMBER 2001
Decolonization and Human Rights
"...The process of decolonisation will not be completed, until the people of the remaining seventeen Non-Self-Governing Territories have exercised their inalienable right to self-determination and/or achieved self-government.
Papua New Guinea welcomes the cooperation of the Government of France with regards to the progress made in implementing the Noumea Accords, and setting in motion the eventual exercise of the rights of self-determination by the people of New Caledonia, especially the indigenous Kanak people.
We acknowledge the full cooperation of the Government of New Zealand in the progress made so far in respect to the question of Tokelau Islands.
My government notes the progress made in East Timor. We heartily welcome the announcement of 20 May 2002 as the day the people of East Timor will attain independence and nationhood. We look forward to welcoming them as a full member of this family of nations.
Papua New Guinea continues to urge the other administering Powers to cooperate with the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, in implementing and completing its mandate soon.
The future of each of the remaining Non-Self-Governing Territory can only be assured by a positive, constructive and above all, a transparent approach to developing a unique solution, for each of them..."