Joint forces ready for third APEC meeting

The Joint Security Task Force is marshalling troops for deployment for the APEC Third Senior Officials’ Meeting next month (August), says Operation Commander Superintendent Peter Barkie.

Barkie said: “This is a friendly call to inform general public, especially in National Capital District (NCD) and Central Province, that the joint security forces are gearing up for the APEC Third Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) operation.

“I want to advise the general public that some of the roads will be restricted for APEC officials and delegates’ use only. Therefore, we anticipate a lot of traffic congestion within city limits because of the moving officials and delegates. Also, some of the areas will be restricted for public use during the meetings.

“I urge the PNG public, especially in the National Capital District, for all your cooperation and understanding during the operation period.”

Superintendent Barkie said the APEC meeting in PNG is a great opportunity for PNG and therefore, the security of the event needs collective efforts from both the disciplinary forces and the general public.

(The Joint Security Task Force Public Order Management squad during one of the training session at the McGregor Specialist Training Centre in Port Moresby. The unit is now prepared for the APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting in August)

Press release