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Date Posted: Fri, Mar 23 2007, 02:12:23pm

Pangu to beef up PNGDF

PAPUA New Guinea soldiers will be engaged in the United Nations Peace Keeping Missions overseas under a Pangu Pati-led Government, the party’s election policy now being circulated for comments states.
A Pangu Government will also establish a national reserve force to help the PNGDF.
The reserve force will include a university regiment for selected students to undergo military training with the option of joining the force after graduation.
Pangu says it will also introduce a system of having coast watchers skimming the coastlines of PNG for any illegal activities.
In its policy on national security, Pangu says it will increase the strength of the PNG Defence Force back to 5000 men.
On regional and peace keeping missions, Pangu says it places considerable emphasis on regional and international peace-keeping operations, and will continue to support regional efforts that are based on coalition arrangements, as ongoing commitments.
The party will further explore the opportunities of PNG participation in United Nations and other Peace-keeping missions overseas.
Pangu Pati general secretary, Moses Taian and a party founder, Sir Barry Holloway spoke of the party’s policies at a seminar organised by the National Research Institute in Port Moresby yesterday.
Under the Australian-funded Defence Co-operation Program, PNGDF numbers are being trimmed from 5000 to 2000. Pangu Pati delegates at their recent convention disagree strongly with this.
The party says it will boost the army strength back to 5000 troops, over five to 10 years, to include two full infantry battalions, an engineer battalion, as well as a complement of logistical and supporting elements in the next five years.
Pangu Pati says it will:
· MAINTAIN five patrol boats, and pursue the option of negotiating with its allies for a long-range coast guard vessel that can effectively patrol the 200 mile EEZ and remain at sea for a long period of time;
· MAINTAIN a Defence Air Wing that has both rotor and fixed wing capabilities, for deployment, at short notice, during crisis periods, including natural disasters;
· ASSIGN responsibility for the Defence Air Wing to the Government Flying Unit so that government resources are rationalised;
· REBUILD the Engineer Battalion so that it can assist in nation building, through infrastructure building such as roads, bridges, schools, and health facilities
· ESTABLISH a National Reserve Force to complement operation in times of emergency;
· INTRODUCE a School Cadet Scheme in selected National High Schools; and
· INTRODUCE a coast-watcher network to monitor all activities from the outer islands.

Cut and Paste from Post Courier.

Guys, I like this. Enough of being bullied by others to reduce our military personal to mere 2000. I belief it is about time, Pangu is going through the right direction.


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Engan Nationalist
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Date Posted: Fri, Mar 23 2007, 02:48:55pm

The plan to beef up the PNG Defense Force is good. However, the current leader of PANGU party has been a failure in enforcing immigration laws and regulations when he was the Foreign Affairs Minister.

He did nothing to address the sorry state of foreign affairs operations. This Sir Rabbie Namaliu has also been proven to be indecisive when he was the Prime Minister in the mid 1990's.

So the policy is right but the man at the helm of Pangu Party is a wrong man. The wrong and right factor cancels out and the net effect is zero.

Another political party who has a proven decisive leader who also has plans to beef up PNGDF deserves the peoples' vote including mine.

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Date Posted: Tue, Mar 27 2007, 04:58:10pm

I think it is time PNG started looking at recruiting more people into DF. I don't like the idea of the current downsizing and dictates from australia regarding our DF. Can the new government seriously consider this?

Just imagine; Fiji a tiny country in the Pacific ocean has an army that is equivalent to australia and other modern army in the world. Fiji is a speck of dust in the same ocean we come from but yet it can send its army to international trouble spots all around the Globe.

Our army is truly pathetic! We are listening to the wrong advices from Australia. The new government must disregard australian advise and build up our army.


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Date Posted: Tue, Mar 27 2007, 05:10:16pm

I would be happy with a force of 10,000 members. Most of these
involved in the engineering battalion building roads, bridges and rural utilities supporting framers using helicopters and doing coast guard marine surveillance.

Our marine products are being targeted by scrupulous Asians these days because their oceans have been over-fished and depleted.

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