By WALLACE KIALA
DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Anthony Wagambie on Sunday commended the joint-security operations by police and the PNG Defence Force for ensuring Indonesian president Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s visit to Port Moresby last week was trouble-free.
DCP Wagambie said security concerns were raised by the Indonesian government earlier before the presidential visit which required the PNG joint operations command centre comprising police and the PNGDF to provide a full-proof security operation strategy.
He said this had to be tabled before the National Security Advisory Council chairman and Chief Secretary Manasupe Zurenuoc before the PNG Government informed Indonesia that it was ready for the visit.
“The officers in both the police and the PNGDF must be thanked for a great job in the two days during Dr Yudhoyono’s visit,” he said.
He also echoed the total cooperation by joint forces commander Col Vagi Oala and for the official engagement of a 30-man platoon from the First Royal Pacific Islands Regiment’s Charlie company who were part of the security operations during the visit.
Dr Yudhoyono arrived in Port Moresby last Thursday afternoon accompanied by his wife Ani and a 200-member delegation who were welcomed by a 21-gun salute from the PNG armed forces.
The Indonesian president’s contingent left last Friday afternoon for Indonesia.