PNG Soldiers in UN Peace Keeping Missions

Soldiers fromthe Papua New GuineaDefense Force will soon be posted in some ofthe United Nation’s peace keeping missions aroundthe world.


Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato, told EMTV News on Thursday that he has held discussions with Fiji and added that more arrangements with ther countries will follow soon.

He admitted that discipline lacked inthe disciplinary forces; however, saidthere are processes and agencies in place to correct and improver this area.


The minister indicatedthese mishaps will not affect this arrangement.


TheInternational Obligations bill was passed in parliament in year 2010 aimed to expose our soldiers to humanitarian assistance and combat.


Early 2011,the Australian Defense Force was engaged to provide training for our troops.

A 3-weeks training was conducted atthe Engineering Bettalion at Igam Barracks in Lae, Morobe Province.


Ten instructors fromthe ADF conducted various courses on UN Peace Keeping missions for 1PNGDF and 5 Police personnel.


The minister saidthe national government is serious about developingthe country’s disciplinary forces.


He saidthe peace keeping missions are a lead up to more programs of such nature to come for the forces.

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