31 Mar 2011

MSG plans rapid response force, says PNG minister

1:20 pm on 31 March 2011

The Papua New Guinea foreign minister, Don Polye, says the Melanesian Spearhead Group wants to have a rapid response force amid growing security concerns within its membership.

Mr Polye says the MSG does not want to be caught unaware in a crisis situation.

He says an initial set-up cost of 2.2 million US dollars for the force has been put to MSG leaders for their consideration.

Mr Polye says it's not a new concept, previously there has been a police and military force in Bougainville and recently the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.