Re: OU and New Caledonia - was RE: [GZG] NSL Geopolitical Composition
From: Zoe and Carmen Brain <aebrain@w...>
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 19:36:08 +1000
Subject: Re: OU and New Caledonia - was RE: [GZG] NSL Geopolitical Composition
2018 coincides with the last date that the French could hold elections
on Independence in New Caledonia.
Assuming they renigged, and violence ensued......
Meanhwile, The Start of the OU?
Call for Pacific ADF recruits
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is calling for the
Australian Army to recruit Pacific Islanders into its expanded force.
Prime Minister John Howard last week announced the Army would be boosted
by 2,600 recruits, or about 10 per cent.
Mr Howard says the increase is aimed at helping maintain stability in
the Pacific region and participating in other operations, such as those
in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr Sogavare has welcomed the boost, saying Australia is over-stretched
in the Pacific.
But he says Australia's dominance of regional peacekeeping operations,
such as those in the Solomon Islands and East Timor, could be offset by
recruiting Pacific Islanders into the Australian military.
Mr Sogavare says demands for access to Australia's labour market from
Pacific island countries could also be partly met by allowing islanders
to join the Army.
"Unfortunately, this is not the case, and it leaves no room for us on
the receiving end of Australia's military engagements to change our
perceptions about Australia for the better," he said.
Zoe & Carmen Brain
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