Dear Editor – Firstly, I commend PS Police, Commissioner of Police and Solomon Islands Government(SIG) for facilitating the deployment of five officers from Royal Solomon Islands Police Force(RSIPF) with United Nations Peace-keeping in South Sudan.
Thank you RAMSI for your help in training these men for their new task.
I understand that operating at Hell’s Point, is a unit of RSIPF which deals with WW2 bombs, mines and other explosives.
Our boys are experts in this area.
I believe that they are the only group of police officers in the Pacific region involved in this kind of dangerous undertaking.
As this Unit has been in existence for a while, I just wonder whether SIG or the Ministry of Police have any plan to offer the services of these men to the United Nations or other countries to help in removal of bombs, mines, and other explosives.
I am aware of how the US left millions of mines and bombs in Vietnam, Cambodia, or Laos.
Even in Kosovoor Ukraine or in Iraq, I see mines and bombs to kill and or deter people from invading one’s territory.
I believe that India, Bangladesh and some other countries are using their people to help in removing unwanted bombs or mines, so that land can be used for other purposes.
They are being paid good money to remove such dangerous items.
Can the Ministry of Police, Ministry of Foreign Affairs approach the United Nations to investigate the possibility of deploying our experts in these areas of the world, that need to have mines or old bombs safely removed?
As for the former members of the Unit, they can also be engaged for similar purpose.
Thus, we can gain financially from such foreign deployment of Solomon Islanders, apart from employment opportunities for local boys.
I sincerely believe that removing bombs, mines etc from former theaters of conflict or war to be safer than being targeted or besieged by armed tribal gangs in South Sudan.