7 Jul 2010

New Zealand military boost Solomons election security

5:19 pm on 7 July 2010

New Zealand says it will send 37 Defence Force personnel to Solomon Islands to boost security arrangements during next month's election.

The Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has issued a statement, aying the platoon will be part of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

Mr McCully says the deployment is a precautionary measure to ensure RAMSI has sufficient resources to assist the Solomon Islands Police, which is leading election security efforts.

Two weeks after the 2006 election, severe rioting erupted in the Honiara area amid demands that the newly chosen prime minister, Snyder Rini, resign.

The violence prompted Australia and New Zealand to send reinforcements to restore order.