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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 1, 2001 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online/Abridged)---A regional police unit will be established to oversee law enforcement cooperation within the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Joseph Kupo said.

Mr. Kupo was speaking after returning from the 30th South Pacific Chiefs of Police conference in Apia, Samoa.

He said such a unit was needed because transnational crimes such as drug trafficking, human smuggling and money laundering were increasingly prevalent in the region.

Mr. Kupo said the setting up of a unit to help the flow of information would enhance effective implementation of resolutions and policies pertaining to crime solving.

Mr. Kupo said: "We all live in a global village and I believe we have a contribution to make, one based on bilateral resolutions which are very important to every jurisdiction and government which co-exist in our global village."

Unlike the South West Pacific Police Commissioners conference, which involves Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, virtually every Pacific Islands region country and territory attends the South Pacific Chiefs of Police forum.

The Apia meeting was attended by police commissioners from American Samoa, Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and PNG.

Observers included the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the South Pacific Islands Criminal Intelligence Network, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Oceania Customs Organization.

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

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