2 Mar 2007

Solomons PM set to get PNG bodyguards

4:53 pm on 2 March 2007

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has reportedly agreed to an offer to have Papua New Guinea police officers as bodyguards.

The PNG foreign minister, Paul Tiensten, says details of the plan for PNG police to protect Mr Sogavare are still under discussion.

He says the question of carrying firearms is still a sensitive issue.

Mr Sogavare dropped plans to have Solomon Islands police re-armed after overwhelming public opposition.

In December, the prime minister rejected the protection of armed RAMSI police officers in favour of unarmed Solomons officers.