THE 38 member Papua New Guinea (PNG) police contingent left Honiara for Port Moresby by a chartered Air New Guinea flight on Friday after successfully completing their mission here.
A statement from the PNG High Commission yesterday said a farewell ceremony was held for the contingent on Wednesday last week.
Speaking during the ceremony the PNG contingent’s commander Perou Dranou said the operation was not an easy task.
“We can only say thank you to the Solomon Islands Government for the good trust in us.
“Operations in such deployment to help RSIPF during the past three months civil unrest is not an easy task,” Commander Perou said.
Despite the negativity and social media challenges they faced, Commander Perou said his team had done well.
“This is another country, from day one despite the negativity and social media challenges that we faced, all the success, the good image is from the good work that you did, my PNG contingents you have done well so far, I am impressed,” he said.
He also thanked the Solomon Islands Government for the recognition it rendered to the PNG contingent.
“I applaud the Solomon Islands Government, for the high praise recognition with the Solomon Islands Medal presented to us by the Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau,” he said as he thanked Commissioner Mangau and the SI International Assistance Force for their cooperation and partnership.
Commander Perou also took the opportunity to thank the PNG Solomon Islands community, the PNG High Commission, families and other PNG nationals.
“We couldn’t have achieved this high praise as we witnessed from the Police Commissioner and the SI Government, if it wasn’t for your enthused support to us.
“You added success to our operation deployment here,” he said.
Papua New Guinea High Commissioner to Solomon Islands His Excellency Moses Kaul thanked Commander Perou and the PNG contingent for their contribution towards restoring law and order in Solomon Islands.
“I thanked all esteem PNG contingents with your commander Perou that you come and contribute in restoring law and order, discontinuing the violence and criminal activities putting back to normalcy for our small brother country Solomon Islands.
“Your respond to step in on SI Government’s call has shown the spirit of our Melanesian brotherhood as family.
“In the context of your execution the course of your mission here, you have strong resilience power on your duty.
“You have fulfil your duty, you have accomplished your missioned, you’ve have raised our flag high and I’m proud of that,” Mr Kaul said.
Jorddy Tununto PNG SI Association also thanked the PNG security contingent for responding to the call of the Solomon Islands Government to come and help.
“You have done a great job, and make us proud, we wish you all the best as you return home to PNG,” Tununto said.
Mr Mangau then thanked the PNG contingent for their inordinate support extracted to Royal Solomon Islands Police.