14 Dec 2009

Solomon's Christian Association against recommendation to re-arm police force

9:43 am on 14 December 2009

The Solomon Islands Christian Association says it doesn't see any good reason why part of the police force should be rearmed.

SICA's comment follow a recommendation by the Parliament ary Foreign Relations Committee that some special units within the Royal Solomon Islands Police be re-armed.

Solomons' police and most civilians relinquished their guns after the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission seven years ago.

The Director of SICA, Paul Fia, says the country has been peaceful without police carrying guns and this is threatened by the latest proposal.

"There's always the temptation for whether one in a special group or something like that, one may be tempted to use the arm when something goes a little beyond what is normal. So we do not see the need for any special group to be armed."