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Ratu Inoke supports the idea of ‘Biketawa Plus’

17:32 Sat Aug 12, 2017


Ratu Inoke supports the idea of ‘Biketawa Plus’

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Ritika Pratap

Defence Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, supported the idea of a ‘Biketawa Plus’ during the Pacific Islands Forum foreign ministers meeting on the issue of Regional Political and Security Environment.

Ratu Inoke says an expansion of the ‘Biketawa Declaration’ to ‘Biketawa Plus’ will help address the emergence of new global trends that is posing new and serious threats to peace, security and prosperity of the Pacific.

He says a rethink of our current security cooperation arrangement under the Biketawa Declaration, will enable us to continually reflect and update on the expanded concept of security.

Ratu Inko also suggested that as we live in a disaster prone sub-region, the revamped ‘Biketawa Plus’ should include a regional approach to Disasters.

He says a process of rethinking our approaches to regional security cooperation must allow for greater synergies between the government, regional and international priorities and strategies.

He says the ‘plus’ in our security agreement must be forward looking and inclusive of a growing, ever-changing and volatile global security environment.



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