8 Jan 2008

PNG government considers law change to allow its soldiers to be involved in peacekeeping

11:49 am on 8 January 2008

The Papua New Guinea government is looking at changes to legislation which could see some soldiers involved in peacekeeping duties in the Pacific and beyond.

The Government is considering amending the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Act to allow for soldiers to be engaged in UN peacekeeping forces overseas.

Government authorities told the Post-Courier newspaper that a team had been set up to do that.

An amendment may be presented for the first reading at next month's parliament sitting.

The acting Prime Minister, Dr Puka Temu, has confirmed that the Government has discussed the issue and was looking at the possibility of re-visiting the military legislation.