AUSTRALIA TO HELP FSM INSTALL AIRPORT SECURITY SYSTEM

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 26) - Australia is to help the government of the Federated States of Micronesia install a computerized Border Management System at the country’s airports this year.

The Australian Ambassador, Brendan Doran, mentioned the commitment in his Australia Day message.

Ambassador Doran is accredited to the three Micronesian nations that used to be Trust Territories of the United States: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Palau.

All three have citizens who are members of the American armed forces and in his Australia Day message, Ambassador Doran said Australians and Micronesians were putting their lives on the line with the United States and other allies in Iraq.

The Australian Ambassador said that in the Pacific, the past year had seen strengthened regional cooperation and better pooling of resources to address security challenges.

He gave as examples the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and the Pacific Regional Police Training Initiative.

Ambassador Doran said AusAID this year would be assisting the FSM to install a computerized Border Management System covering the country's four international airports.

January 28, 2004

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

 

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