AUSSIE POLICE TO RETURN TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 5) – The revised "Enhanced Co-operation Program" is set to commence early next year with Australian police arriving in the country to begin operations.

Internal Security Minister Bire Kimisopa said yesterday the National Executive Council endorsed the policing component of the program early last month and that he would be meeting with an Australian delegation later this month to inform them of the Cabinet’s decision.

The former program funding of AU$800 million to assist the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary was slashed to AU$40 million under the new program, but Mr Kimisopa said funding would increase as time went by and that it was not a set amount.

Under the revised program, the refurbishment of the PNG police headquarters in Port Moresby and the Bomana Police College outside the national capital would be undertaken.

The 20 police cars, 60 handheld radios and 6,000 sets of uniforms left behind by the departing Australian Assisting Police (AAP) in May would be handed over to Police Commissioner Sam Inguba for distribution within the constabulary.

December 5, 2005

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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