24 Mar 2016

Support firms up for Solomons police rearmament

12:32 pm on 24 March 2016

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says people living in the Western Province have expressed support for the staged limited rearmament of the police.

RAMSI said the people who contributed to the discussions supported the rearmament because their trust and confidence in the force is growing.

The government is keen to rearm the police and consultations have been underway since 2014.

RAMSI said a clear majority supports a staged and limited rearmament if appropriate safeguards are in place.

The prime minister Manasseh Sogavare first proposed rearming the police during his last tenure as in 2006, but was then opposed by RAMSI and by trade unions.

RAMSI collected all weapons when it was deployed in 2003.

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Photo: RAMSI

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