Solomons rearmament in government hands: RAMSI

7:55 pm on 1 December 2015

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says the decision on whether to re-arm parts of the country's police force is now being considered by the government.

RAMSI's assistant special coordinator, Masi Lomaloma, says months of consultations have revealed three main public views on limited re-armament.

He says the largest group supports the initiative.

"But their support was conditional on the safeguards being put in place. The second group is the ones that they want a total re-arming of the RSIPF and then the last group they opposed the re-arming. This group was a minority, you know not many opposed the re-arming."

Mr Lomaloma says the report also recommends suitable firearms and regulationsfor the units to be re-armed which include the Police Response Unit, the Close Protection Unit and Aviation Security and Control.

ACP Gabriel Manelusi addressing the PPCs’ conference on the staged limited rearmament of the RSIPF (Photo by RAMSI Public Affairs)

Police in Solomon islands hearing about the staged limited rearmament of the force earlier this year Photo: RAMSI Public Affairs

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