The New Zealand government announced on Wednesday it would send dozens of peacekeepers to the Solomon Islands after a request for help from the crisis-hit country, following a week of deadly riots.
“We are deeply concerned by the recent civil unrest and rioting in Honiara, and following yesterday’s request of the Solomon Islands Government, we have moved quickly to provide urgent assistance to help restore sustained peace and security,” New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said.
Ardern said New Zealand would send 15 military personnel on Thursday, followed by 50 military and police personnel over the weekend.
The security forces would work with Solomons police and about 200 regional peacekeepers already on the ground as part of the Australia-led mission.
The New Zealand deployment follows similar actions from Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji after the Solomon Islands government requested international help.
Australian officials insisted the deployment would only last “a matter of weeks” and that its focus would be on policing, not intervening in Solomons’ political situation.
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