The Weekend Post - - 100 Years of Gratitude - CHRIS CALCINO chris.calcino@news.com.au

SKY HIGH se­cu­rity mea­sures are in place as Cairns pre­pares to host some of the world’s most pow­er­ful lead­ers over the com­ing week.

Scores of fly-in, fly-out en­tourages for the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion of 21 mem­ber coun­tries are set to call Cairns home.

Cairns Air­port staff have been sworn to se­crecy about the move­ments of for­eign dig­ni­taries al­though the United States Gov­ern­ment has fi­nally an­nounced Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s pend­ing ar­rival.

Pence’s press sec­re­tary Alyssa Farah is­sued a state­ment yes­ter­day con­firm­ing he would visit both Aus­tralia and APEC host na­tion Pa­pua New Guinea over the com­ing week.

The United States’ sec­ondin-com­mand will hit the skies in Air Force Two on Sun­day, vis­it­ing Ja­pan and Sin­ga­pore as well as at­tend­ing the lead­ers’ sum­mit in Port Moresby next week­end.

Pence will be talk­ing a tough game at the APEC meet­ing on be­half of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Ms Farah said he would “high­light Amer­i­can lead­er­ship in the re­gion and reaf­firm our com­mit­ment to free­dom, eco­nomic pros­per­ity, and se­cu­rity in the Indo-Pa­cific”.

“This will be Vice Pres­i­dent Pence’s third trip to the re­gion as Vice Pres­i­dent and he will reaf­firm the Pres­i­dent’s com­mit­ment to the fi­nal, fully ver­i­fied de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean Penin­sula,” she added.

“He will also de­liver the mes­sage that au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism, ag­gres­sion, and the dis­re­gard for other na­tions’ sovereignty by any na­tion in the Indo-Pa­cific will not be tol­er­ated by the United States.”

A Cairns Air­port spokes­woman con­firmed an in­crease in air­craft move­ment was an­tic­i­pated, with in­creased staffing and se­cu­rity in place as ap­pro­pri­ate.

“Pas­sen­gers will not be in­con­ve­nienced in any way over the event pe­riod and only need to take the nor­mal mea­sures they would or­di­nar­ily take when trav­el­ling,” she stressed.

“At this stage it’s still un­clear how many ex­tra planes are ex­pected.”

It is be­lieved air­port work­ers have signed con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ments pre­clud­ing them from re­veal­ing de­tails of world lead­ers’ trav­els.

The Cairns Post un­der­stands a large num­ber of world lead­ers and en­tourages have opted to stay in Cairns dur­ing the fo­rum rather than Pa­pua New Guinea due to se­cu­rity con­cerns, with the lux­ury Far North Queens­land re­sort on Lizard Is­land also booked out. ed­i­to­rial@cairnspost.com.au face­book.com/The­Cairn­sPost www.cairnspost.com.au twit­ter.com/The­Cairn­sPost

Pic­ture: AP

BRING­ING MES­SAGE: Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence waves to the crowd dur­ing a cam­paign rally In Kansas City, Mis­souri, last week. He will fly to Cairns in the com­ing days.

Fol­low the lat­est on all the build-up to the APEC sum­mit www.cairnspost.com.au

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