POLICE CONFERENCE: CLOSER POLICE TIES "VITAL" FOR PACIFIC

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 1, 2001 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Police in the South Pacific region must interact to promote law and order among the island nations, says Papua New Guinea Police Minister Jimson Sauk.

Sauk made his comments at the closing of the three-day Australasian and South West Pacific Region Police Commissioners' Conference in Madang last week.

Mr. Sauk said the theme of the conference, "Civil Unrest, Policing Beyond 2000," was appropriate in view of recent and current social and political unrest within the region.

He said although such matters were treated internally, it was important that the commissioners discuss these issues and look at possible resolutions.

Mr. Sauk said apart from the topic of civil unrest, he was glad that plans were being made to set up mechanisms to investigate corruption, which is a major issue in PNG.

He said that he hoped their recommendations and resolutions would be implemented in the near future.

Mr. Sauk said the visit by deputy Prime Minister Michael Ogio to open the conference indicated that the national government was seriously concerned about problems of civil unrest, which affected countries in the region.

He said PNG’s constitution was threatened by civil unrest at the height of the Sandline crisis, but the police force stood firm and defused what could have been a bloody crisis in 1997.

He said PNG still has internal problems, such as the Bougainville crisis and the West Papua border issue.

But Mr. Sauk said these problems "made PNG strong in our bid to survive the challenges."

He said the government is concerned about regional security because PNG believes in strong bilateral co-existence with its neighbors.

Mr. Sauk said the government would be supportive of any recommendations to improve the capabilities of the police force and other relevant law enforcement agencies in PNG.

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For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

 

POLICE CONFERENCE: THE PROBLEMS OF PACIFIC POLICE FORCES OUTLINED

By Stalin Sawa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (March 30, 2001 - The Independent/PINA Nius Online)---Limited financial resources and lack of trained people have been identified as major constraints for Pacific countries to handle law and order problems.

Acting Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs Secretary Leonard Louma made these comments while presenting a paper at the Australasian and South West Pacific Police Commissioners conference at Madang.

Mr. Louma said many governments in the region are beset with economic difficulties that appear to show no signs of improving.

Mr. Louma said some causes of civil unrest now come from information spread across international boundaries and within domestic jurisdictions through the Internet.

"Unless law enforcement agencies have personnel trained in various aspects on Internet and computers, how can we hope of managing this technology in ways that can be helpful to civil order?" he asked.

Other constraints stem from different legal systems, cumbersome administrative procedures and lack of political will, he said.

For additional reports from The Independent, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Independent (Papua New Guinea).

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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