The Prime Minister (Sitting at centre) in a group photo with (Sitting from his left); Deputy Commissioner- Operations, Gabriel Manelusi; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Kenilorea Junior; Minister for Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services Hon. Moses Garu MP; (and to his right) Commissioner of Police Matthew Varley, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services Karen Galokale; and Deputy Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga.

The Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare MP commends the five members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) who have returned from the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur, Sudan.

The five Police officers were the first in the RSIPF to be deployed to a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.

The Prime Minister made his remarks during a parade ceremony held today (Friday 13th October 2017) to officially welcome back the five officers and commission the RSIPF’s second deployment of other five officers to the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur, Sudan.

“I must say that I stand here a Proud Prime Minister and indeed also a Proud Solomon Islander.” The Prime Minister says.

He also states;

“I must congratulate you for an outstanding job done and convey that I have received highly commended praises for the outstanding performances of our officers to the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Your country thanks you for the work well done and for the level of professionalism you have displayed in the performance of your duties in Darfur. You have flown the Solomon Islands flag high.”

Hon. Sogavare MP also acknowledged the support from the families of the five officers.

“Without their (families) support, you would not have been able to successfully complete your term with flying colours.”

“You have been outstanding Ambassadors of our country and have done us our proud doing so.” The Prime Minister expresses.

The Prime Minister further reiterates part of his address to the United Nations General Assembly that, “as a Country recipient of regional assistance through RAMSI, the sending of five officers from the RSPIF was “our way of contributing back into the global community for the assistance received.”

Hon. Manasseh Sogavare MP then stated that the five officers “are not only Ambassadors of Solomon Islands but Peace Ambassadors to the Global Community.”

He then congratulates the officers on behalf of the Government and the people of Solomon Islands for being awarded the Commissioner’s International Service Award.

Hon. Sogavare MP also expresses his confidence for the Officers of the Second deployment to the UNAMID.

“The Government and People of Solomon Islands pledge our support to you as you embark on your mission to Darfur. Fly the Solomon Islands flag high with pride.”

“I prayed that our God, who promises never to leave us nor forsake us, and who has demonstrated that constantly through our own years of hardship, will give you strength, wisdom, courage and honour so that you will discharge your duties to the best of your ability.” Says the Prime Minister.

In his concluding remarks the Prime Minister acknowledges the Police Commissioner and Executives of the RSIPF commending them for the preparation of the Officers.

The parade was also witnessed by several Senior Government officials, members of the RSIPF, family members of the officers and the media.

The Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare MP shakes hands with one of the members of the returning Officers from the UNAMID.