30 PNG personnel flying in today as Solomon Islands Parliament meeting looms

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Thirty members of the Royal PNG Constabulary (RPNGC) personnel are flying in this morning from Port Moresby to Honiara in a second deployment since the November rioting and looting.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to PNG, William Soaki, this morning sent off the officers to support police in the upcoming Parliament sitting.

According to Soaki, this contingent will be the second batch of police personnel deployment to Solomon Islands to assist Royal Solomon Islands Police Force with law and order issues.

He said the officers were all fully vaccinated and have tested (PCR) negative for COVID-19.

Soaki said upon arrival in Honiara they will undergo further Solomon Islands Government standard COVID-19 health protocols and quarantine before they are released for duties.

When asked why they are sent to Solomon Islands, Soaki said: “They are there basically to assist with security for upcoming Parliament session.”

The first deployment was in November 2021 following three days of civil unrest in Honiara. That deployment also included Correctional Services personnel.

SOURCE: SBM/PACNEWS