24 Apr 2009

PNG plans for international deployment of its troops

2:41 pm on 24 April 2009

A draft law to allow the Papua New Guinea Defence Force join international missions is now ready for Parliament's approval.

The PNGDF Commander, Commodore Peter Ilau, has told the newspaper, The National, that the bill is ready to be tabled in the May session by Defence Minster Bob Dadae.

Commodore Ilau says this would pave the way for PNG forces to be sent on overseas peace keeping missions, such as with the United nations.

Other possible missions, he says, could be regional or sub-regional peace keeping, special requests within sub-regional such as MSG, training missions, logistics interventions, and international observers.

The commander has alluded that the benefits associated with international mission would be more in terms of international exposure and remittances.

He added that PNG troops would be monitoring the border while the PNG and Indonesian governments pursue efforts to resolve the border situation at the official level.