The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Milner Tozaka has defended the initiative by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force to establish relations with the Indonesian Police.
Mr Tozaka who has just returned from a two tour of New Zealand has told Radio New Zealand International in Wellington, New Zealand’s national capital, the Solomon Islands Government’s strong stance on issues relating to West Papua is separate from the proposed policing co-operation with Indonesia.
He said any co-operation with Indonesia comes under existing bilateral relations between the two countries and does not compromise the country’s stance on West Papua.
Mr Tozaka said, “We are at liberty to maintain our good relationship with any country.
“Therefore in terms of policing, if the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services sees this is in line with our policy and it is best for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, then that should be quite acceptable”.
By George Atkin for OPMC Press