Thursday, 15 January 2009 12:54 PM

Solomons Farewells Head of Mission

The out-going Special Coordinator to RAMSI, Tim George, appeals to the people of Solomon Islands to work hard together for the best of the country.

Speaking at his farewell function last night, Mr. George said the relationship between him and the country was something he would cherish during his return back to Australia.

He said being assigned to head the mission was a privilege for him to be in the Solomons.

"It is a privilege to be a member of the forum to help bring back peace to the country," he adds.

Mr. George said of his 34 years working in Australia, his appointment as head of the mission was his first ever assignment.

He described his assignment as "the best job" he's ever had and working as RAMSI special coordinator was very worthwhile.

He said although there have been a few challenges during his 2 years in office, "I discovered that I have something to do for the people and to help them".

Mr. George said along the challenges, there was also a matter of interest for the people of Solomon Islands.

He said the developing peace in the country "only comes in a sense of partnership".

Mr. George said he was privileged and proud to have been associated with the mission in Solomon Islands.

He said five and half years on, 15 countries of the region continue to work very closely with the Solomon Islands government and people.

Mr. George said the commitment of the major contributing countries to RAMSI is still very strong.

The outgoing Special Coordinator will depart for Australia this afternoon.

His successor is Graeme Wilson who is also from Australia.