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4000 PNG troops to provide security, APEC Joint security task force officially launched
3:13 pm GMT+12, 05/11/2018, Papua New Guinea

The Joint Security Task Force personnel will see 4000 members of the Papua New Guinea disciplinary forces and international counterparts providing security during the APEC Economic Leaders Week.
 
The 4000 personnel will provide security in the air, land and sea.
 
Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko said that the troops were all working under one banner to ensure security was of the utmost importance.
 
This 4000 troops will work under the command of JSTF Commander Police Commissioner Gari Baki, Tkatchenko said.
 
“WE are ready and the APEC Leaders Summit will be the most secured event this country has ever seen.”
 
Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko said this when speaking at the launch of the Joint Security Task Force parade at the Sir John Guise Stadium Monday
 
The parade was attended by all three disciplinary forces and provided residents of the city an insight into the security preparations as the Leaders Summit draws closer.
 
PNG is being “invaded” by powerful security forces as the country prepares to host in 10 days, the 2018 APEC Summit.
 
Security forces from the United States and Australia have arrived in their warships and are docked off Port Moresby.
 
Chinese troops will be arriving today and in the coming week some of the APEC Economies from Russia, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico and Peru are expected by the end of the week.
 
Meanwhile, PNG security laws will not be affected by the APEC Security Act and in particular the “sunset clause”.
 
With three more days to go before the clause comes into effect this Friday (Nov 9), Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko reiterated that the clause is only for those accompanying leaders and providing security to be able to bring in their weapons to be used.
 
“This sunset clause in no way affects the PNG laws that govern our country, this is to only allow the close protection officers to come into our country and be able to use their weapon should the need arise,” he said.
 
Military equipment and capabilities donated by various bilateral partners will belong to the PNGDF after APEC 2018.
 
As part of the partnerships and assistance from Papua New Guinea’s security partners, the equipment will be built into the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF).
 
Chief of force operations Colonel Siale Diro said this when asked about the use of the equipment after APEC 2018.


SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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