17 Sep 2003

Samoan police due in Solomon Islands

11:19 am on 17 September 2003

The first Samoan police to join the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands or RAMSI will arrive in Honiara today.

The Samoan contingent of 15 will bring to seven the number of countries providing personnel to the regional police force working to consolidate the restoration of law and order in the country.

The other countries are Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Zealand and Tonga.

An additional 15 Australian police will also arrive tomorrow boosting the RAMSI police contingent to 284, and Australian police numbers to 204.

RAMSI says it now has its police personnel at 12 rural police posts in seven of the nine provinces, with additional staff earmarked to move to the remaining two provinces shortly.