Forum reviews RAMSI

Radio New Zealand International:

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Senior representatives of the Pacific Islands Forum are in Solomon Islands this week to review the progress of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

The mission, which began in 2003, ended several years of ethnic conflict and has spent more than a decade rebuilding the police force.

It also strengthened the judiciary and governance institutions.

RAMSI is due to conclude at the end of July next year and the forum's 12th Enhanced Consultative Mechanism meeting looks at RAMSI's activities during 2015, the staged limited rearmament of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the RAMSI drawdown and the Solomon Islands government preparations for the mission's departure.

Earlier in the week, senior PIF representatives were at a series of presentations and demonstrations on the capabilities of the Solomon Islands police.

The mission comprises senior government representatives of Palau, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia, as the past, present and future Chair of the Forum, as well as Solomon Islands and RAMSI.

Australia and Papua New Guinea are also members of the mission while New Zealand is attending as an observer.

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