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Papua New Guinea

25 October 2001

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

New Defence Force commander Peter Ilau says he wants a young and professional armed force. Brigadier General Ilau said: "The country needs a young professional force that is responsive and affordable to the government and the stake-holders, people of Papua New Guinea, one that could be easily deployed within four hours of a call-out." He stressed there has to be inter-operability between the PNG Defence Force's infantry and air element and other armies of the region... (

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