Friday, 13 November 2009 9:25 AM

Foreign Relations Committee Presents RAMSI Report

The Foreign Relations Committee Chairman says he presents the RAMSI Inquiry Report to the National parliament "with a sense of gratitude and satisfaction."

Peter Boyers made a statement in parliament yesterday morning to mark the tabling of his committee's report on its inquiry into RAMSI.

He says the report is the culmination of an immense undertaking that Parliament referred to his committee in July of 2008. Public hearings by the committee concluded in June this year.

Mr Boyers says the committee considered in its report, concerns raised about RAMSI including issues of sovereignty, the Powers and privileges of RAMSI personnel and the legal framework and mandate of RAMSI, among others.

He says the report also considered the responsibilities of the Solomon Islands government as an equal and responsible partner in the SIG-RAMSI partnership.
The Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) commenced in late July 2003 following a request for assistance to restore law and order from the Solomon Islands government.

RAMSI had the support of the Pacific Island Forum, the Commonwealth, and the United Nations. Over 2000 police, military and civilian personnel from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea have served with RAMSI.

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