France To Train Vanuatu Police Before ACP-EU Conference

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Agreement part of ‘ongoing cooperation’ between nations

By Godwin Ligo

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, May 2, 2012) – "Vanuatu’s National security before, during and after the African, Caribbean and Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) International Conference in Port Vila is of paramount importance to the Vanuatu police Force ," Commander responsible for Corporate Services Unit in the Vanuatu Police Force Job Esaau emphasized during a signing ceremony between the French Government and the Vanuatu Police Force for Vt3.5 million [US$38,043] assistance by France to the Vanuatu Police Force, yesterday morning.

The funds provided by the French Government to the Vanuatu Police Force will cover training and equipments in preparations for law and order strengthening and enforcement before, during and after the June 2012 ACP-EU International Conference. This is part of an ongoing cooperation between France and the Vanuatu Police Force that has been running for a number of years now.

Before the signing agreement, the French Ambassador in Vanuatu reaffirmed the Acting Director General of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Lionel Kaluat and Heads of Police Force in Regular Duties, the Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) and Maritime wings that this is an ongoing part of the cooperation between France and the Vanuatu Police Force.

The French Ambassador in Port Vila confirmed to the Vanuatu Police Force that, eight members of the French National Police Force in Noumea New Caledonia will come to Vanuatu to provide specialize trainings to the members of the Vanuatu Police Force for law and order maintenance during the June 2012 ACP-EU International Conference in Port Vila.

"It has been agreed that the eight Trainers will spend two weeks with the Vanuatu Police and VMF to provide various specialized trainings in law and order maintenance. France will also supply equipments that will have to come from France as we cannot access them from New Caledonia," French Ambassador in Port Vila confirmed to the Vanuatu Police Force. He went on to assure the Vanuatu Police Force that France places high importance in this field of assistance to the police, the government and the people of Vanuatu, through present cooperation agreement between France and the Vanuatu Police Force.

"This capacity building and capability training that the Vanuatu government has requested for the Vanuatu Police Force is within our current Cooperation Agreement with the Vanuatu Police Force. We will also provide another police training later on as part of the ongoing law and order enforcement training for the Vanuatu Police Force," French Ambassador in Port Vila assured.

Responding on behalf of the Minister for Internal Affairs responsible for the Vanuatu Police Force, Acting Director General Lionel Kaluat stated: "It is of paramount importance that Vanuatu step up its measures in law and order of the country during the ACP-EU International Meeting and thereafter," he said. He added: "We must be security conscience but because of the budget constraints the government must draw on assistance from its donor partners and in this case France who has stepped forward with the assistance of Police trainings especially in preparations for the June 2012 ACP-EU Meetings," Acting DG for Internal Affairs Lionel Kaluat emphasized.

"The country needs to maintain safety and peaceful environment but cannot achieve on by itself if it is not fully equipped to do so. And therefore partnership cooperation such as we witness this morning between France and the Vanuatu Police Force is paramount importance," said the Acting DG Internal Affairs Lionel Kaluat.

Speaking on behalf of the Commissioner of the Vanuatu Police Force, Commander Corporate Services in the Vanuatu Police Force Job Essau said: "The role we play is of tremendous importance in security for the country. Not only during such international conference of the magnitude are we preparing for in June 2012 but in everyday life of the country. And with the assistance we look forward to our French Cooperation partner, we have the assurance that all wings of the Force will be better and highly equipped for the security of the conference and thereafter," he said.

Around 600 International delegates from the ACP-EU countries are expected to converge on Port Vila in June for the International Conference.

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