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White Papers Need Consultations

The first Cabinet meeting yesterday has pleased participants was a successful one. “I must admit that our first Cabinet meeting today was very sucessful,” the Minister for Immigration, National Security
22 Oct 2014 15:04
White Papers Need Consultations

The first Cabinet meeting yesterday has pleased participants was a successful one.

“I must admit that our first Cabinet meeting today was very sucessful,” the Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva said.

He did not eleborate on what they discussed at the meeting.

When asked about the Defence white paper and the Police white paper Mr Natuva said they were going to do consultations on the two papers.

“We are going to carry out consultations just like the previous white papers,” he said.

He said the white papers would be long-term ones.
Mr Natuva said that it was important that they got the views of neighbouring countries on their foreign policies and comments from the stakeholders.

“All these had to be integrated in these papers.”

He said after both papers were tabled in parliament a capability paper would then be prepared.

“This is a separate paper and determines the capability requirements of the two forces.”

The capability paper, he said, was very important because it would decide how the two forces would be equipped.
He admitted the two forces needed to be better equipped to cope with the demands of their responsibilities.

In response to the question on peacekeeping, he said, nothing had been decided on sending more troops to the Golan Heights.
He said they were still monitoring the situation at the Golan Heights and the Fijian soldiers were safe.

View what the Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva said
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