25 Aug 2017

Female officer to lead Solomons' UN peacekeepers in Sudan

1:53 pm on 25 August 2017

A female police officer will lead the second Solomon Islands' contingent to join the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Solomon Islands' police commissioner Matthew Varley.

Solomon Islands' police commissioner Matthew Varley. Photo: Solomon Islands UNDP

Eight officers have met UN training and health requirements and are standing by to replace their five colleagues still serving in Africa.

Police commissioner Matthew Varley said he is proud of the performance of the Solomons' first lot of UN peacekeepers and that he looked forward to the same professionalism from the second.

All five members of the first contigent were male, but the second group is made up of both genders.

Mr Varley said the officers are part of an unarmed UN Mission which he says is one way Solomon Islands is giving back after 14 years of training and development by the Regional Assistance Mission.

The Solomons' current contingent of peacekeepers is due to return in September having served in Sudan for a year.