Wednesday, 16 July 2008 11:13 AM

Solomons Meet for Forum Ministerial Standing Committee

The Forum Ministerial Standing Committee F-M-S-C on the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will hold its second meeting in Honiara.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Stephen Smith, Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, William Haomae, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tonga, Sonatane Tu'a Taumoepeau, the Associate Minister for Foreign Affairs of Niue, Billy Talagi and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for Papua New Guinea, Sali Subam will attend the meeting tomorrow.

The establishment of the F-M-S-C was one of the recommendations of the Forum RAMSI Review Taskforce which conducted two phased consultations in Solomon Islands in April and June of 2007.

The Taskforce report was endorsed by Forum Leaders at their meeting in Tonga last October.

The F-M-S-C which comprises of the past, present and future Forum Chairs plus Solomon Islands and Australia provides oversight and governance to the RAMSI operation.

The F-M-S-C is supported by the Enhanced Consultation Mechanism E-C-M Meeting.

Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Hon. Dr Derek Sikua will open the one-day FMSC meeting tomorrow morning.

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