BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA
SECURITY during the week-long APEC Economies Leaders’ Summit was reported as incident free.
Commissioner of Police and Commander of the JSTF Gari Baki gave a rundown of the security aspects of the week. He said that the work of the JSTF before to the meeting paved way for residents to adhere to the rules laid before in awareness form and also eased the work of the JSTF. A debrief report will be tabled and made available with an audit soon to be undertaken, Mr Baki said. “Security personnel will be still on the ground with a debrief to be carried out soon and an audit undertaken to take stock of assets used. We are looking at having all personnel leave by November 25.
“All foreign personnel will slowly leave our shores when the last leader departs Port Moresby, however we will slowly collapse the foreign and local personnel.
“All personnel that flew in from provinces within the country will over this week be flown back to their provinces,” Mr Baki said. Nearly 5000 personnel were in the country over the weeklong meeting which began on Monday. The personnel included the PNG Police, PNGDF, PNG Correctional Services officers, US marines and soldiers, Australian Navy, and the New Zealand navy.
The team were supported by Indonesia’s soldiers who came in as supporters of capacity building two weeks prior to the commencement of the meeting. Mr Baki is pleased with all personnel and the efforts they put in to ensure all leaders and residents were safe during this successful hosting of APEC.