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Acting PM Keen to See NZ Policing Assistance After RAMSI


OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION UNIT

MEDIA RELEASE 31-08-16-GH

Acting PM Keen to See NZ Policing Assistance After RAMSI

Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga is keen to see New Zealand assistance towards policing in Solomon Islands after RAMSI leaves in 2017.

Mr Maelanga echoed the sentiment when meeting the New Zealand High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Ms Marion Crawshaw today.

High Commissioner Crashaw said New Zealand is keen to support Solomon Islands after RAMSI leaves and one of the key areas discussed was policing assistance.

Mr Maelanga said general security, especially, policing services have improved significantly since the arrival of RAMSI in the country and there other areas that Solomon Islands and New Zealand could partner to see further improvements on.

He acknowledged New Zealand’s interest to assist - saying areas such community policing, crime prevention and technical assistance to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) will further improve general security in the country.

On border security, Mr Maelanga highlighted that this is one of the areas that both countries could look into strengthening in any future policing arrangements between the two governments.

He said strengthening border policing in areas such as Immigration, Quarantine, Customs and general policing services is essential to ensure the border is peaceful for those in that location.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the two leaders have expressed that further support from New Zealand will promote lasting peace in Solomon Islands.

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