17 Dec 2014

PNG's O'Neill gives security reassurance

9:33 am on 17 December 2014

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has sought to reassure the nation over the country's capacity to deal with security threats.

He described Monday's hostage siege in Sydney as a reminder that no country is immune from brutal acts against innocent people.

Mr O'Neill says while PNG does not face the same security threats as countries such as Australia or the United States, it must continue to be vigilant.

The Prime Minister says training has been improved through mentoring to raise the capacity of PNG's security services.

Training is also being undertaken by the PNG police and military personnel in Australia, the United States, and Israel.

Mr O'Neill says this improves PNG's capacity to deal with potential threats including hostage situations.

He says funding for law and order increases each year and PNG's security capacity and preparedness continues to evolve ahead of hosting global events including APEC in 2018