12 Jun 2004

PNG and Australia cabinets set to push police deal

9:38 am on 12 June 2004

Papua New Guinea says the deal with Australia on the deployment of police to PNG will now go to the political stage.

A spokesman for PNG's prime minister Sir Michael Somare says diplomats have agreed on the wording of the treaty.

He says the agreement has left the bureaucratic arena and cabinets in PNG and Australia will take up the deliberations, and present details to their respective parliaments.

The PNG cabinet is expected to prepare a final draft of the treaty early next week and present it to parliament when it resumes on June the 29th, with a copy to be sent on to Australia.

Under the plan, 230 police and about 70 public service officials will be deployed throughout Papua New Guinea.