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Australian security role on Solomons border unlikely | Pacific Beat

Australian security role on Solomons border unlikely

Australian security role on Solomons border unlikely

Updated 26 February 2013, 18:30 AEDT

Calls for the Australian government to help provide security on the sea border between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea are unlikely to be well received.

That's according to Professor Stephen Hoadley of Auckland University, who says Australia, New Zealand and other contributors to the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon islands are scaling down their presence, which has been quite expensive.

Edward Kingmele a chief in the Shortland Islands, on the Solomon Islands side of the border, says local people would like AusAid to finance weapons, logistics and infrastructure for border security posts.

But Professor Hoadley tells Bruce Hill that RAMSI has done its job and there's no desire in Canberra or Wellington to find themselves in an open-ended security role.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker:Professor Stephen Hoadley of Auckland University, a foreign affairs specialist


Bruce Hill

Bruce Hill


Bruce is one of the Pacific’s most experienced journalists with nearly 20 years covering the region and has won several international awards.

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