AUSTRALIA TO INCREASE PATROL OF THE TORRES STRAIT

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CANBERRA, Australia (May 6, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---The Australian government has ordered the deployment of four patrol boats to the Torres Strait --a stretch of water separating Papua New Guinea and northern Australia-- to counter drugs and arms smuggling in the area.

The patrol boats will begin operations in July.

Police and Customs officials in Australia and Papua New Guinea are concerned about the increase in illegal trade activities and have held discussions on implementing measures to halt the smuggling.

Australia has announced a strategy that includes a secure communications system, the four fast-response Customs vessels, increased night surveillance and more helicopter flying hours.

The Australian Minister for Customs, Warren Truss, said the four patrol boats would be located on Saibai, Mabuiag, Coconut and Darnley islands in the Torres Strait.

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