APSNet for 20061026
Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)
Bi-weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.
Thursday 26 October 2006
- ‘Out of Iraq in 18 Months’
- Timor Tensions Build as Army Makes Push
- Pacific Leaders Agree to RAMSI Review
- PNG: Government Recalls Officers
- Resign, Army Reminds Fiji Government
- US Encourages Pacific Nations to Deploy Peacekeepers
- Germany in Radical Shake-Up of Military
- ASIO Forms Data Processing Arm
‘Out of Iraq in 18 Months’, Ben Doherty, Age, 2006-10-26
Australian troops could pull out of Iraq within 12 to 18 months, the commander of Australian forces in the Middle East said. Brigadier Moon’s statement came hours after an assessment by US general George Casey that the Iraqi army and police force would be capable of taking over their own security within 12 to 18 months.
No Iraq Timetable: Downer, AAP, Age, 2006-10-24
Three Million Uprooted Iraqis Face ‘Bleak Future’, UNHCR Says, IrinNews, Reuters alertnet.com, 2006-10-22
Timor Tensions Build as Army Makes Push, Lindsay Murdoch, Age, 2006-10-26
East Timor’s army leaders were preparing to address the nation, demanding that troops should no longer be confined to barracks because of the state of lawlessness, sources in Dili said. The army’s top officers want to declare that the forced removal from office of former prime minister Mari Alkatiri amounted to a coup and those responsible should be investigated by East Timorese, sources said.
Four Dead in Dili Violence – Downer, AAP, Australian, 2006-10-26
UN Cannot Confirm Reports of 4 Dead in Dili, ABC, 2006-10-26
Pacific Leaders Agree to RAMSI Review, Sean Dorney, ABC, 2006-10-24
Pacific leaders meeting in Fiji have agreed to review the operations of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. Despite criticism, Australia has kept its leadership role in RAMSI. Leaders of the Pacific Forum meeting in Fiji considered a five point plan put by the Solomon’s Prime Minster which would have seen a major restructure of the RAMSI mission. But the leaders have agreed instead to a compromised deal.
Australia Cannot Afford to Pull Out, Geoffrey Barker, AFR*, 2006-10-24
Government Recalls Officers, Daniel Korimbao, National, 2006-10-26
PNG Defence Force commander Peter Ilau, who is in Canberra, Australia, has been ordered to return home as the crisis with Australia deepens. PNG’s high commissioner to Australia has also been recalled for consultation.
Somare Wants Peace in the Pacific, Geoffrey Barker, AFR*, 2006-10-26
Resign, Army Reminds Fiji Government, Fiji Times, 2006-10-26
The army yesterday called on the Government to step down and for police to investigate the manner in which the general election was conducted. Spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, said that revelations of how international conman Mr Foster had assisted in drawing up general election strategies for the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party were startling.
More Pacific islanders could soon be involved in peacekeeping missions around the world under a plan being discussed at the Pacific Islands Forum. Fiji and Tonga have considerable experience in the world’s trouble spots and the US is keen to encourage other Pacific nations to consider it as well. Pacific leaders have been canvassing all sorts of offshore employment options in the face of spiralling unemployment
Germany in Radical Shake-Up of Military, Hugh Williamson, FT, 2006-10-24
Germany will adopt the most radical restructuring of its military since 1945, turning the Bundeswehr into an international intervention force, according to an internal cabinet strategy paper. It will see Germanys military officially abandon its primary postwar task of defending the countrys borders in favour of a more robust role for German troops on international missions.
ASIO Forms Data Processing Arm, Julian Bajkowski, AFR*, 2006-10-24
ASIO has created a specialist information technology division to substantially boost its ability to keep tabs on people. It was revealed in ASIO’s annual report submitted to parliament. ASIO secured $147.6 million for IT projects over five years under the 2005-06 federal budget. ASIO’s total disclosed budget for 2006-07 has grown to $233 million, from $181 million the previous year.
Report to Parliament 2005-2006, Australian Security Intelligence Association [PDF]
Free newsletter subscriptions
Permalink: This issue of Austral Peace and Security Network can be found at http://nautilus.rmit.edu.au/2006/20061026.html.