22 Jun 2007

Review of Solomons' RAMSI taskforce nearly complete

3:34 pm on 22 June 2007

The Pacific Islands Forum Task Force set up to review the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, or RAMSI, has completed its second phase of consultations.

The Task Force has expressed satisfaction at the high standard of submissions received during the process.

The review was mandated by Forum Leaders following a submission by the Solomon Islands Government at their meeting in Fiji last October.

The co-leaders of the Task Force, Kaliopate Tavola and Neil Walter, say those they have met in the consultations have given a lot of thought to their submissions on a road map for RAMSI.

Those consulted include both national and provincial governments, RAMSI, non-government organizations, civil society, churches, the business sector, professional associations, traditional leaders, community, women's and youth representatives.

The Task Force says it is no secret that there is overwhelming support for RAMSI to remain in Solomon Islands as it still has important work to do in the country.

The Task Force will now compile its report for submission to Forum Foreign Affairs Ministers, through the Forum's Secretary General.