Australian Police To Bolster Law And Order In PNG

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Prime ministers Rudd, O’Neill make joint announcement

By Liam Cochrane

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 15, 2013) – Fifty Australian police officers will be sent to Papua New Guinea by the end of the year to help PNG with law and order problems.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made the announcement at a joint press conference with PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

The announcement comes a day after armed soldiers attacked people at the Port Moresby General Hospital just hours before Kevin Rudd arrived in the capital for talks with his counterpart.

Both prime ministers also said they would consider the recommendations of a UN report critical of the Manus Island detention centre for asylum seekers.

They have both committed to continuing towards an original solution for people smuggling.

Mr. Rudd said infrastructure projects, including work on a highway, will be brought forward by a year.

Australian trade minister Richard Marles will stay on in PNG for further work on trade deals.

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