13 Aug 2010

RAMSI head expresses condolences at shooting

8:23 am on 13 August 2010

RAMSI's Special Coordinator, Graeme Wilson, has expressed his deepest regret at the tragic death of a Solomon Islands man in a fatal shooting by RAMSI security forces on the outskirts of Honiara yesterday.

Mr Wilson says he wanted to extend the Mission's heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased on behalf of all members of the Regional Assistance Mission, including RAMSI's Participating Police Force (PPF) and military contingent.

He says RAMSI met with representatives of the family and expressed its deepest sympathy at the loss of their relative.

He says this is the first time in the Mission's seven year history that the actions of RAMSI personnel operating in the line of duty had resulted in the death of a Solomon Islander.

Mr Wilson says he gives the people of Solomon Islands his personal assurance that RAMSI takes this matter very seriously.

RAMSI is assisting the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force with their investigation into the incident as

well as conducting its own internal investigation.

Mr Wilson said the Pacific Islands Forum had been informed and RAMSI was in the process of informing all countries contributing to the Mission.