HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, Jan. 23) – The U.S. Pacific Command has selected four Pacific Islanders to take part in a 12-week training program to help build relationships in the region.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Fiji, the participants – from Fiji, Tonga, and Tuvalu - will attend the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies at the Pacific Command in Honolulu.

The Center was established by the Pacific Command to study security and preventive defense in the Asia-Pacific region.

Representing Fiji are Lt. Col. Kepa Buadromo of Fiji Military Forces and Police Superintendent Tui Kacivi Maleiwai. Major Kuli Fakalolo will represent Tonga Defense Forces. Leilani Saitala will represent the Tuvalu Immigration Department.

Officials said the visiting islanders will study regional security issues, programs, and roles and missions of the military. The curriculum will also focus on non-war fighting aspects of security and international relations, and challenges to developing a regional perspective.

Ambassador David Lyon said the Pacific Islands are crucial for regional stability, and the United States is committed in enhancing the security of the Pacific region.

The United States provides a number of training opportunities to both civilian and military personnel to assist in enhancing regional security.

January 23, 2003 

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