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By Matrom John

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Mar. 21) - Four Australian lawyers have joined the Papua New Guinea Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The four are Peter Kelly, Andrew Hicks, Martin Corkery and Teresa Berrigan, who are attached to the office under Australia’s Enhanced Cooperation Programme.

Public prosecutor Chronox Manek welcomed them on Friday, telling a gathering he was honored and indebted to their presence and participation.

Manek said: "As we mark another new era of professional prosecutorial partnership between PNG and Australia we embrace each other with a common desire for prosperity without crime."

He said they are all involved with institution dealing with crime and its activities.

He added that they drawn together with a common aim of fighting crime with every hope to bring about progress, Manek said.

He said in doing so, they should themselves be the "light of the world" that people could see and feel the need to be to be associated with.

[The Enhanced Cooperation Program, a five-year program approved between Australia and PNG last June, includes about AU$800 million (US$628.6 million) in new funding for PNG, on top of the AU$300 million (US$235.7 million) in annual funding from Australia each year. Program also involves the presence of Australian government workers in key PNG agencies over the next five years.]

March 22, 2005

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