Police to assist with security at APEC meet

Director General of MSG Secretariat Amena Yauvoli (centre) signs a memorandum of understanding with the Fiji Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho and the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ioane Naivalurua at the Fiji Police Headquarters in Suva yesterday

FIJIAN police officers will assist in providing security services at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Papua New Guinea in November.

This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and the Fiji Police Force yesterday.

The officers will be working with the Papua New Guinea Police Force during the APEC meeting.

MSG Secretariat director general Amena Yauvoli said the signing of the MOU would also foster collective efforts in ensuring the MSG’s presence was felt on the international scene “Equally so, today also marks our show of Melanesian solidarity enshrined in the founding documents of the MSG, the agreement establishing the MSG, as revised in 2015. The MOU will facilitate the placement of a police liaison officer within the secretariat,” Mr Yauvoli said.

The APEC meeting will be held from November 12-18.

“We will be placing one of our officers in that level — regional level — to work with the regional organisation and in terms of his skills, that is where it will actually be utilised as well because we do a lot of communication with member countries working with the MSG Secretariat in terms of mobilising what we have signed today,” director of international relations Senior Superintendent of Police Ulaisi Ravula said.

“The target is for us to prepare assistance to the Papua New Guinea Police Force in terms of something that was agreed in the MSG commission’s conference, so that the Fiji Police is taking a lead role in that in terms of capabilities and our experience in peacekeeping.”

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