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Solomons PM Praises RFMF’s Peace Building Efforts

“I take this opportunity to express the gratitude of a thankful country to our friends who come to our aid when we need them most,” PM Sogavare told parliament.
29 Nov 2022 12:21
Solomons PM Praises RFMF’s Peace Building Efforts
From left: Republic of Fiji Military Forces staff sergeants Anitelu Natoga, Eliki Seasea, Warrant Officer 2 Mikaele Koroi, Reverend Nacanieli Serua, Lieutenant Jerome Taoi, Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Asaeli Toanikeve in Honiara.

Efforts of restoring peace, law and order by Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel serving in the Solomon Islands since the riot of November 2021, have earned the praise of the Solomon Islands Government.

At the opening of the Solomon Islands new parliament session, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made a special mention of the RFMF in his opening address.

The team of RFMF personnel in the Solomon Islands is known as Task Force Cori Mada.

“I take this opportunity to express the gratitude of a thankful country to our friends who come to our aid when we need them most,” PM Sogavare told parliament.

 

“Our security is very important to us. We as a small nation need a safe and secure environment in order to develop. We need to continue investing in our security capabilities and ensuring that those capabilities are sustainable.

“I want to make special mention and thank you to the Republic of Fiji Military Force. Not only have they assisted in restoring law and order, but they have also done more than that for our Burns Creek community, one of the hotspots in Honiara.”

The RFMF had deployed 36 personnel to the Solomon Islands in November 2021 to help with peace building after the November riot and only 14 remain on the island today.

A Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel at the Burns Creek medical centre, Honiara, Solomon Islands.

He said the Fijian military personnel had invested in building a peaceful and law-abiding community.

“I was impressed and humbled when I opened the Burns Creek clinic a few weeks ago and was moved by the warm reception I received from the Burns Creek community,” PM Sogavare said.

“Thank you for going beyond and above your call of duty.”

He said they would need to continue investing in security capabilities and ensuring that those capabilities were sustainable.

 

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