PNG foreign minister makes latest call for regional peace, security before APEC summit

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-15 11:22:35|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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SYDNEY, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato has made the latest calls for a commitment to peace and security in the region, ahead of the Oceania country's hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November.

"This year, because of APEC, the people of my country are being reminded over and over again of the requirements of this period in history," the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier newspaper quoted Pato as saying on Wednesday.

Pato also addressed the recent ASEAN regional forum in Singapore, calling for a commitment to the principles underlying peace and security.

He said through communication technology, globalization increases travel and environmental awareness, producing new ways of thinking and acting as compared to past years.

"Villagers in remote valleys of Papua New Guinea, living between soaring mountains clad in rain forests can these days participate in the global economy via mobile phones and computers."

Young people in PNG capital of Port Moresby "can instantly contact their young friends in Jakarta, Manila, Beijing and indeed anywhere in the world, as our youths know they are part of the same human family," said Pato.

"For security, we all need to be aware of the requirements of our age -- economic justice, the rule of law and awareness of the global society."