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ADF and AFP troops dispatched to the Solomon Islands to restore “law and order” in the midst of turmoil

Armed with deadly weapons, Australian troops are said to be responsible for not intervening in the deteriorating domestic situation of the Solomon Islands.

Australia sent 23 Australian Federal Police experts to the Pacific State on Thursday, with 43 Australian Defense Force personnel scheduled to depart on Friday.

An additional 50 AFP officers will be deployed in the coming days to provide riot control assistance.

Camera iconInterior Minister Karen Andrews reiterated the Prime Minister’s message that the Australian Army would help restore law and order. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage credit: News Corp Australia

Interior Minister Karen Andrews said AFP and ADF personnel were armed with “deadly and non-lethal weapons.”

“In effect, the rule of involvement is that we are there at the direct request of the Solomon Islands Government in accordance with our treaty,” Ms. Andrews told ABC Breakfast.

“They are there to assist the Solomon Islands police. This is a police issue, not a military issue.

“We have always had a very long and close relationship with the Solomon Islands.”

Andews said Australia has a “clear role” to help restore law and order.

“The situation is particularly volatile. Our role is to support the restoration of law and public order and morals, and to work closely with the Solomon Islands police,” Andrews told Sunrise.

“(We) try to do everything we can to help. We are very clear about what our role is.

“We do not intervene in the domestic situation of the Solomon Islands of any political nature. It is purely our goal to help protect critical infrastructure and assist the Solomon Islands police.”

ADF will help strengthen the “critical infrastructure” of national airports after Australia receives reports that buildings have been lit in the capital.

Tensions rose sharply in Pacific countries after protesters opposed the 36-hour blockade ordered by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavale were angry with the government’s strengthening of relations with China.

Protesters arrived at the parliamentary stairs, demanding Mr Sogavale’s resignation, and then some tried to attack the building.

Before the riots broke out, protesters encountered tear gas and rubber bullets, resulting in fire at a nearby police station.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said peacekeeping missions will remain in the Pacific countries for “weeks.”

“Our presence does not represent any position on the internal issues of the Solomon Islands,” Morrison said Thursday.

“We were always there to help Pacific families when they needed us, and now it’s time.

“We believe they can solve these problems and move forward according to the constitutional process and democracy.”

Defense Minister Peter Dutton said the Australian delegation was also capable of providing medical care.

“It’s certainly a dangerous situation on the ground. We’ve seen the riots, arson, and general turmoil that happened,” Dutton told Today’s show.

“There is a lot of work the police have to do on the ground.

“It’s a dangerous situation, there’s no doubt.”

ADF and AFP troops dispatched to the Solomon Islands to restore “law and order” in the midst of turmoil

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