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Australia Puts Troops On Standby

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posted on Apr, 18 2006 @ 07:18 PM
The Australian government are preparing to send troops into the Solomon Islands following protests and riots, following the election of a new Prime Minister who found himself trapped inside the parliament building.
"During the night there has been a continuation of lawlessness in Honiara," Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. "There's a very good chance that on the basis of the advice we have from Honiara that some troops will be sent there."

Downer said 17 Australian police had been injured. Some 280 Australian police are in the Solomons as part of a peacekeeping operation.

Snyder Rini, deputy prime minister in the previous government, won a secret parliamentary ballot on Tuesday but was trapped in parliament for most of the day with many members of his new government because of fears for their safety.

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Civil unrest continues to spread arounf the globe, and for Australia to be preparing troops is a quite unexpected move from this peaceful republic. Great care has to be taken to ensure 'the peacekeeping force' remains just that, any hint of controversy would lead toward other pacific nations looking to China for reassurances, the start of a dangerous game.

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[edit on 18-4-2006 by la2]

[edit on 22-4-2006 by asala]

posted on Apr, 18 2006 @ 09:29 PM

for Australia to be preparing troops is a quite unexpected move from this peaceful republic

Not at all. In 2003 Australia, along with New Zealand and other South Pacific nations, led a multi-national, regional peace-keeping force to the Solomons to restore order following an official request by the Solomon Island's Governor-General (Reference). This force consisted of some 2200 troops, most of whom were from Australia and New Zealand. After order was restored, troop numbers were gradually lessened, to the point that there are now only about 50 Australian Defence personnel on active duty in the Solomons, as part of Operation Anode.

Australia has a good history in regional peacekeeping forces. A good example was the Australian-led INTERFET peacekeeping force in East Timor. This force was deployed to prevent pro-Indonesian elements, supported by the Indonesian Army, from disrupting independence movements. East Timor was allowed to successfully pursue their own self-governance, after which Australian troops were again withdrawn.

The Australian Government, under Prime Minister John Howard, has demonstrated an increasing willingness to throw its weight around and act as a regional police officer in South-East Asia. In my personal opinion, this is a good thing. Australia is a wealthy, advanced and stable nation and, as such, we have a responsibility to ensure the well-being of our neighbours in the South Pacific. Whilst I acknowledge that this might draw anger or indignation from other countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, at least we are prepared to do something. We should not allow the whims of South-East Asian governments to dictate our actions.


Prime Minister Howard has now confirmed that Australia will indeed deploy military troops to the Solomons. The PM announced that 110 soldiers of the ADF, as well as 70 officers from the Australian Federal Police, who had been stationed in Townsville in preparation for such an eventuality, would leave for the Solomons immediately. The deployment came following a written request for assistance by the Government of the Solomon Islands.

Hopefully the troops will see order restored quickly. I am interested in hearing what our other Australian members, as well as the thread's author, have to say regarding this matter.

Reference - Seven News

Reference - CNN International

[edit on 18/4/06 by Jeremiah25]

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