Papua New Guinea PM reacts to Biden 'cannibalism' comment

James Marape, Papua New Guinea

© APA | James Marape, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister

# 22 April 2024 08:45 (UTC +04:00)

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Marape said his nation doesn't deserve to be labeled cannibals, APA reports citing Deutsche Welle.

In controversial statements last week, US president Biden implied his uncle may have been eaten by cannibals in the country during WWII.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape has reacted to controversial statements by US President Joe Biden on cannibalism, saying his nation doesn't deserve to be labeled cannibals.

Revisiting the story of his uncle Ambrose Finnegan, who went missing after his plane crashed over Papua New Guinea in 1944 during World War II, Biden last week suggested he may have fallen victim to cannibalism.

"President Biden's remarks may have been a slip of the tongue; however, my country does not deserve to be labeled as such," Marape said in the statement on Sunday.

The prime minister urged Biden and the White House to focus instead on clearing up the unexploded ordnance from the war that still litters the country to this day, "so the truth about missing servicemen like Ambrose Finnegan can be put to rest."