New Zealand joins regional effort to calm resilient Solomon Islands

Protest turns violent in Solomon Islands
FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises above buildings after days of unrest in Honiara, Solomon Islands November 25, 2021 in this still image obtained from a video taken on November 25, 2021 and obtained with the date November 27, 2021. Jone Tuiipelehaki / via REUTERS

December 1, 2021

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand said on Wednesday it would deploy troops and police in the Solomon Islands, along with efforts by Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea to help restore peace in the Thai island nation Binh Duong after anti-government riots.

An initial military assessment team of about 15 personnel will be deployed from Thursday, followed by a larger group of up to 50 military and police personnel over the weekend, the New Zealand government said in a statement. declare.

“We are deeply concerned about the recent civil unrest and riots in Honiara, and at the request of the Solomon Islands Government yesterday, we promptly provided emergency assistance to help restore the situation. restore lasting peace and security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in the statement. .

The Solomon Islands government formally requested assistance from New Zealand earlier this week.

Dozens of buildings were burned and shops were looted in the capital Honiara last week as protests against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare turned to riots that left four people dead.

Australia and Papua New Guinea have sent security personnel to the Solomon Islands to help restore order in Honiara, at the request of the Sogavare government. Fiji said it would also send 50 troops on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Praveen Menon) New Zealand joins regional effort to calm resilient Solomon Islands


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