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Foreign troops pour into Papua New Guinea for APEC meet

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Bama

Never been to Papau---known people that have worked there and would never go back.

https://www.philstar.com/world/2018/11/12/1867974/foreign-troops-pour-papua-new-guinea-apec-meet

Foreign troops pour into Papua New Guinea for APEC meet

 

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Papua New Guinea has deployed a multi-national force of warships, fighter jets and elite counter-terrorism troops to protect world leaders attending a major summit in its crime-plagued capital this week.

About 4,000 military personnel, around half of them foreign, will work with hundreds of police to patrol Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum from Saturday, which will attract representatives from 21 nations.

Attendees are set to include China's President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Vice President Mike Pence, who is not even expected to sleep in the city, but stay overnight in Australia.

Up to 15,000 delegates are expected at the summit. Due to a shortage of hotel accommodation, many of them will bunk down on three cruise liners docked at the port, presenting additional security complications.

Although the threat posed by terrorism in PNG is considered minimal, the Melanesian country's reputation for lawlessness and violent crime precedes it.

About half the capital's 300,000 people live in squatter settlements, and it was ranked fourth-last in this year's Economist Intelligence Unit list of the world's most liveable cities.

Feared street gangs known as "raskols" have made car jackings common and the country has among the highest rates of rape and domestic violence in the world.

To ensure delegates are safe, the government has enlisted military help from Australia, the United States and New Zealand.

Canberra is bankrolling much of the security operation.

It has sent a 1,500-strong Australian Defence Force (ADF) contingent, along with RAAF F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters, surveillance aircraft and a helicopter carrier moored in Port Moresby harbour.

Vessels from Australia, New Zealand and the US will guard the capital's shores, and all three countries have provided special forces.

Working alongside them in an operation that has taken more than a year to plan will be about 2,000 Papua New Guinea troops.

 

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MickyG

Sounds like a holiday destination of last choice

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