Thursday, 14 May 2009 9:22 AM

Haomae Opens Enhanced Consultative Meeting on RAMSI

Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, William Haomae says ongoing consultations on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is crucial to ensure necessary adjustments are made to match the changing situation in Solomon Islands.

In his address at the opening of the fifth Enhanced Consultative Meeting (ECM) on RAMSI in Honiara yesterday, Mr Haomae said outcomes of the meeting will help all partners in the mission to make proper adjustments suitable to address the needs of Solomon Islanders.

The one-day meeting involved top officials from the Pacific Islands Forum, the Australian High Commission, RAMSI and the Solomon Islands Government.

Officials today deliberate on outstanding issues discussed last year together with the Solomon Islands - RAMSI partnership Framework.

Outcomes of today's meeting will be put forward for consideration by the Forum Ministerial Standing Committee, which meets in Honiara this Friday.

Foreign Ministers from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Niue are expected in Honiara for the meeting.

The ECM and the Ministerial Standing Committee were established to provide oversight and governance to the RAMSI operation based on a recommendation from the Forum RAMSI Review Taskforce report endorsed by Forum Leaders at the 2007 Forum Leaders in Tonga.

RAMSI arrived in Solomon Islands in July 2003 following requests by the then Kemakeza led government to help restore law and order after five years of ethnic conflict involving firearms.


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