Militant activity at an end here, says RAMSI chief
THE head of RAMSI says the militant activity that prompted its deployment is clearly at an end.
Australian-led regional assistance mission came here in 2003, following several
years of civil unrest on Guadalcanal.
Special Coordinator Nicholas Coppel said although the mission will continue
with its focus on strengthening the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, it is
the right time for the withdrawal of soldiers.
said Solomon Islanders share that sense of security about their future.
“I think that’s true.
“I mean there’s a distinction between militancy and law and order issues and militancy has clearly come to an end.
“So the presence of the strong force, the military force, isn’t needed to combat the militancy that we saw before.
are still issues in relation to law and order and that’s one of the reasons why
RAMSI’s participating police force is going to remain in Solomon Islands for a
number of years to come,” Mr Coppel told Radio New Zealand International.
said whether to rearm the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is a decision for
the Solomon Islands government.
the Australian Federal Police Specialist Response Group (SRG) is providing the
Participating Police Force (PPF) with highly trained tactical police
And the Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services Chris Laore on Thursday visited RAMSI base at Henderson to inspect its facilities and to see first-hand a demonstration.
PFF Commander Paul Osborne said the types of security capabilities that the PPF
regularly provides in support of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF)
and its operations in Honiara and the provinces are of the highest standard.
Response Group provides the PPF with the ability to deliver a wide range of
capabilities in support of the RSIPF.
include public order management, search and rescue, disaster response, tactical
intelligence, trained police negotiators, maritime policing functions and
tactical operations in high risk situations.
|< Prev||Next >|