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Alpers, Philip and Conor Twyford. 2003 ‘Stockpiles and Trafficking in the Pacific: Security Force Armouries.’ Small Arms in the Pacific; Occasional Paper No. 8, p. 24. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 31 March

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Security Force Armouries

Small arms stolen or otherwise obtained from security force armouries have featured prominently in all three conflicts in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Bougainville. Indeed, in each of these conflicts, access to state armouries -- often with the complicity or open support of the security forces -- has been pivotal…

In the Solomon Islands, members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP) paramilitary force colluded directly with Malaitan militants in the theft of approximately 500 powerful firearms, including SR-88A assault rifles and Ultimax 100 machine guns, which were subsequently used to overthrow the government (Kabutaulaka, 2000a, p. 5; Fennessy, 2002, p. 2)…

[In] the Solomon Islands, hundreds of former security force firearms remain in circulation, adding to the challenges of disarmament and fuelling violence and armed crime.

References:

Kabutaulaka, Tarcisius Tara. 2000a.'Beyond Ethnicity: The Political Economy of the Guadalcanal Crisis in Solomon Islands.' Paper presented to a seminar on Fiji, Solomons, and Vanuatu. Canberra, July.

Fennessy, J.G. 2002. 'IPMT Audits of Rove Armoury.' IPMT fax correspondence, 11 June.

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