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Solomons PM Agrees Not to Arm Police

Agence France Presse

25 February 2007

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The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has backed down from his controversial plan to re-arm the police.

In the face of strong opposition, Manasseh Sogavare, says arms training for the police will continue but they will not bring back guns.

Instead police from Papua New Guinea will provide armed support…

Mr Sogavare has faced strong protests from churches and trade unions as well as Australia over rearming police.

They were disarmed in 2003 when regional peacekeepers arrived to end years of conflict between warring ethnic groups…

A recent local newspaper poll showed 95 per cent support for keeping the police unarmed.

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