24 Aug 2007

MSG to meet on forming sub-regional force

12:56 pm on 24 August 2007

Melanesian Spearhead Group security officials are to meet in Lae next week to finalise paperwork to set up a sub-regional force.

The Post Courier newspaper quotes the Papua New Guinea foreign minister Paul Tiensten as saying the establishment of a sub-regional force would be an attempt by MSG states to address security issues.

At the meeting PNG will present a concept outlining ways the nations could use the advanced passenger information system; harmonise immigration computer systems, and find ways to share information.

The findings of the Lae workshop will be presented at a sub-committee meeting next month in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The MSG member states are Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.