Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Australian police advisors arrive in the Solomon Islands.



Download WordDownload Word

image

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

THE HON KATHY SULLIVAN MP

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

9 September 1999

AA58

 

AUSTRALIAN POLICE ADVISORS ARRIVE IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS

 

I am pleased to announce that two Australian police advisers have arri ved in the Solomon Islands to help the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RIP) improve their operations.

 

The Australian Government has engaged the advisers as part of Australia’s ongoing assistance in the areas of law and order, and national security.

 

Senior Sergeant Ken Gunn of the South Australia Police and Craig Ewers from Victoria, will provide specialist police management advice.

 

Senior Sergeant Gunn has worked in a similar capacity with the Royal Pauper New Guinea Constabulary.

 

This project complements Australia’s assistance to the Solomon Islands Government’s Policy and Structural Reform Program. During my visit in July this year the Solomon Islands Government reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening the RIP with help from Australia.

 

My visit also gave me the opportunity to reaffirm Australia’s strong friendship and support for the Solomon Islands, one of our nearest neighbours, at a particularly difficult time.

 

The Australian Government has provided $560,000 since June for humanitarian relief for people displaced by the recent ethnic tensions on Guadalcanal.

 

Media Contacts:

Judi Nixon (Mrs Sullivan’s office) 07 5591 1011 / 0411 287 258

Matt Francis (AusAID) (02) 6206 4960 / 0412 804 489

 

 

rw  1999-09-10  12:11