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Cokanasiga: We must be able to construct a robust law enforcement Melanesian Spearhead Group legion LITIA MATHEWSELL NADI The Minister for Defence, Joketani Cokanasiga, is calling for Melanesian unity in
19 Mar 2014 10:18

Cokanasiga: We must be able to construct a robust law enforcement Melanesian Spearhead Group legion

From left: Assistant Commissioner of Police Isikeli Vuniwaqa,Superintendent Willie Benkalo chief of staff Vanuatu Police Force and Aurthur Edmanley Vanuatu Police Commissioner. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

LITIA MATHEWSELL
NADI
The Minister for Defence, Joketani Cokanasiga, is calling for Melanesian unity in building a solid and robust law enforcement unit in the region.
He made the call while opening the 4th Melanesian Spearhead Group’s (MSG) Police Commissioners Conference in Nadi on Monday.
“We must be able to construct a robust law enforcement MSG legion that is resolute to the demands of our people, culminating in our determination to resolve issues the MSG way and without outside interference,” Mr Cokanasiga said.
The meet gathered Police commissioners from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia to discuss policing developments and closer networking on the Melanesian front.
Mr Cokanasiga reassured participants that, as Melanesians, they were capable of resolving their own problems despite the limitations and constraints they might face.
“Yes, I must admit that we have our own unique law and order situations and uncertainties that challenge our internal capacities to respond.
“On our own, we have very limited resources to mitigate new and emerging threats. Our only safety is the coordination and regrouping of our resources as an MSG body to enable us to achieve our regional and international objectives and obligations,’’ Mr Cokanasiga added.
He said the presence of participating police representatives rendered significant value to their relationship, despite the continuous political challenges that some member countries have faced over the years.

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