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BY MUSTAQIM ADAMRAH

AT A FORUM in Jakarta government representatives from around the world have called for military transparency to maintain peace and stability in the face of increasingly diverse sources of threats.

One of the speakers, PNG Defence Minister, Bob Dadae, said partnerships with bordering countries was a solution to preventing trans-boundary crime.

He also said governments need to look first at internal threats - such as conflicts between faiths, communities, cultures and customs - to find solutions at the international level.

“Threats should be managed personally, internally, across borders and globally. We can do research to identify what we can do together to bring peace to the world,” he said.

Timor Leste Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao, said he believed exchanging intelligence data and information was one way to maintain security and stability.

“Let’s collaborate in the effective exchange of data and information. There must be honesty when exchanging information to prevent vulnerability. There is the need for transparency and accountability to make change,” said Gusmao.

But Bangladeshi adviser to the prime minister on defense affairs, Tariq Ahmed Siddique, said, “Mutual mistrust and suspicion among states results in reluctance to share information.”

Source: The Jakarta Post

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Reginald Renagi

Interesting to observe that while Defence Minister is away in Indonesia, the PNGDF Commander is in Fiji. The new General is Frank's guest with others in the region.

And the poor Defence Secretary has been suspended since last year on allegations of gross financial mismanagement. No investigation action by Waigani so far.

The defence organisation has really slipped in recent years and has lost much of its shine, and glory from its halcyon days of the 1970/80s.

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