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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 5) -
Terrorism is a reality and Papua New Guinea and Australia must be security
conscious, Australian Federal Police general manager Barry Turner warned

Mr Turner told the Post-Courier in Alotau after the 11th Cross
Border Crime conference that there is a need for PNG and Australia to become
more alert in light of the recent wave of terror attacks in Asia.

"We must ensure there is no missing link — terrorism is a
reality," he warned. He said border links within the Pacific were important
and must be monitored effectively.

Mr Turner also announced that a joint border patrol team would
begin surveillance today to kick start the joint operation between law
enforcement agencies in Australia and PNG.

Chairman of the conference and head of the Internal Revenue
Commission David Sode said PNG needed to change from its habit of being reactive
and become pro-active.

"People evading tax is not only IRC’s problem — its
everyone’s problem, likewise crime is not only a police problem," he

"Turning a blind eye can turn around to bite the other eye
that sees the problem.

"Crime going so high and high and nobody seems to address
the problem," Mr Sode said, adding he wanted every person to feel
responsible and report matters to the authorities.

"Don’t keep quiet. If you know anything, tell us about
it," he said

Head of Australian Customs Services Richard Janeczko also echoed
similar sentiments, saying everyone "should feel responsible and look after
the world".

The heads of delegations from PNG, Australia and New Zealand
said the recent acts of terrorism in the region have forced both Australia and
Papua New Guinea to be more security conscious.

Law enforcement agencies said terrorism was a threat to the
security of the region and authorities needed to be more alert.

The law enforcement agencies of the 11th Cross Border Crime
conference agreed after their three-day meeting that co-operation between all
agencies and sharing of information and effective communication was vital to
help fight trans-national and border crimes.

Mr Sode said the conference was important for strategic
direction of the relationship and future co-operation between PNG and Australian
law enforcement agencies.

He said the conference also acknowledged the emerging threats
related to trans-national crime and supported current initiatives to set up a
Trans-national Crime Group comprised of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary,
Internal Revenue Commission and the National Intelligence Organization.

September 5, 2003

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