Friday, 13 August 2010 8:34 AM

RAMSI Offers Condolences over Fatal Shooting

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Graeme Wilson, today 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 said 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.

"RAMSI met with representatives of the family today and expressed our deepest sympathy at the loss of their relative," Mr Wilson said.

"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."

"It is deeply disappointing that such an incident has occurred," he said. "I give the people of Solomon Islands my 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 their own internal investigation.

Mr Wilson said he wanted to thank the family of the deceased for the way in which they have worked closely with both the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and RAMSI today.

"We appreciate the family's willingness, at what is a very difficult time, to sit down and talk with us and work out how we can best assist."

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