22 May 2017

Another gun amnesty underway in Solomon Islands

8:43 pm on 22 May 2017

The Solomon Islands Government has launched a two week gun amnesty today.

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The special co-ordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission, Quinton Devlin, says an amnesty is one of the most powerful and meaningful things a government can do to make the country safer.

He said he is urging the same message as the government and the church that former combatants who failed to hand in their guns during earlier amnesties must take this opportunity to do so.

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare (front R) and police commissioner Matthew Varley shortly after signing the two week amnesty document.

Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare (front R) and police commissioner Matthew Varley hold the signed amnesty document as RAMSI SC Quinton Devlin (c) looks on. Photo: Supplied/ RSIPF Media

Mr Devlin said there is no legitimate reason for a member of the community to have a gun.

The Regional Assistance Mission - RAMSI - is set to end its 14 years in Solomon Islands at the end of June.