The Government and people of Solomon Islands reiterate heartfelt thoughts to all impacted by last month’s civil unrest.
“We thank Australia for responding to Solomon Islands request for assistance. Welcome Papua New Guinea’s bilateral support. Appreciate New Zealand and Fiji’s contribution," the government said in a statement.
It stated, the Solomons International Assistance Force presence has worked closely with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force leadership in restoring law and order and protect all law abiding citizens from harm during the height of the crisis.
The Government commends the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force’s efforts in dealing with a difficult situation and the burning of the City.
Regrettably this is the second major riot since 2006 where business houses were ransacked and burnt to the ground.
The Government said, it is mindful of the urgent need to strengthen Royal Solomon Islands Police Force capability and capacity to respond to future unrest.
The Government has agreed to accept the Peoples’ Republic of China’s offer of riot equipment and six Police Liaison Officers to equip and train Royal Solomon Islands Police Force with the skill sets complimenting ongoing training received under existing bilateral assistance.
This riot equipment that will be flown into the country includes shields, helmets, Batons and other non lethal gears that will further enhance Solomon Islands Police ability in confronting future threats.
The National Government through Cabinet will always stand firm to ensure that our peace and tranquillity as a nation is maintained.