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Papua New Guinea: Senior defence and police personnel complete ICRC courses in Port Moresby

21-03-2002 News Release 02/12

Senior Papua New Guinea defence and police personnel attended a joint ceremony held on 15 March to mark the completion of parallel courses on international humanitarian law in Port Moresby. The seminars, which were sponsored and conducted by the ICRC regional delegation in Suva, focused on command responsibility during internal security operations.

Thirteen senior members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force attended a four-day course on the law of armed conflict at Murray Barracks while 14 high-ranking officers of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) attended a seminar on international humanitarian law and human rights law at Bomana Police College.

Addressing the participants, the head of the ICRC regional delegation welcomed the interest expressed by the current Defence Force Command in stepping up training in humanitarian law, which has now been resumed after an interruption of five years. The possibility of strengthening cooperation by holding advanced training courses is currently being explored.

The seminar for police officers will be followed by a course for the senior command of the Islands Region scheduled for 18-22 March. This course will mark the culmination of a three-year training programme set up by the ICRC in cooperation with the RPNGC. Steps have been taken to incorporate the core course material into police training modules for all levels of personnel and to hold " train the trainers " courses in Fiji later this year.