Soldiers from the Papua New Guinea Defense Force will soon be posted in some of the United Nation’s peace keeping missions around the 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 other countries will follow soon.
He admitted that discipline lacked in the disciplinary forces; however, said there are processes and agencies in place to correct and improve this area.
The minister indicated these mishaps will not affect this arrangement.
The International Obligations bill was passed in parliament in year 2010 aimed to expose our soldiers to humanitarian assistance and combat.
|PNG Soldiers in UN Peace Keeping Misstion. EMTV Photo|
Early 2011, the Australian Defense Force was engaged to provide training for our troops.
A 3-weeks training was conducted at the Engineering Battalion at Igam Barracks in Lae, Morobe Province.
Ten instructors from the ADF conducted various courses on UN Peace Keeping missions for 15 PNGDF and 5 Police personnel.
The minister said the national government is serious about developing the country’s disciplinary forces.
He said the peace keeping missions are a lead up to more programs of such nature to come for the forces.