SOLOMONS SEEK OCEAN BORDER PATROL

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 2) - A Solomon Islands Territorial Police Commissioner says he wants joint patrols with immigration and customs agencies to monitor the country’s sea borders.

Assistant Commissioner, John Lansley says there are already talks underway with the two government divisions.

"It has particular importance in border security and in fishing and logging and in helping customs," he said. "We had a meeting with customs and immigration to see if we could do joint patrols of the patrol boat Auki. Which is vital in patrolling (our) sea lanes."

But Lansley says before the patrols can take place, the police patrol boats need to be serviced.

The Solomon Islands share borders with the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville and the nation of Vanuatu.

June 3, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/

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