15 May 2015

Solomons PM says domestic security first priority

3:37 am on 15 May 2015

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister says Melanesian countries need to ensure the strength of domestic police forces won't be sacrificed to create a regional response team.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare Photo: RNZI

Speaking at the opening of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Police Commissioners' conference in Honiara, Manasseh Sogavare, backs the idea of a regional response team, but says it is important each country improves its local police capabilities first.

Mr Sogavare says regional co-operation must not be undertaken at the expense of domestic security.

The conference is scheduled to last four days.