13 Jan 2012

Former Solomon Islands prime minister says re-arming is a positive sign

11:09 am on 13 January 2012

A former prime minister in Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare says the prime minister's announcement that the police will eventually be re-armed is a good sign.

Gordon Darcy Lilo has told local media that while there is no question re-armament will take place, it must be cautiously considered.

Mr Sogavare, who was a strong advocate for rearming police while he was the leader of the country in 2007, says although police are currently not ready to regain arms, the prime minister's statement is a positive step.

"And I think it's a signal. And it should be a signal to the international community that the force has now become a professional force and it can be trusted and trusted with arms."

Manasseh Sogavare says the prime minister's comment is in line with general thinking in the country.