Acting Special Coordinator Jonathan Austin has offered RAMSI's condolences to the nation on the passing of the statesman and former prime minister, Hon Bartholomew Ulufa'alu.

Dr Austin says he was speaking on behalf of all members of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

"It is with deep felt sympathy that we extend our condolences to the government and people of Solomon Islands, the people of Aoke-Langalanga constituency. The widow and the family of the late Hon Bartholomew Ulufa'alu at this time of great loss and national mourning.

Dr Austin said during the earliest phase of RAMSI many in the mission had worked with the late Honourable Ulufa'alu.

"We all recognise that the late Honourable Ulufa'alu served his country with dedication and distinction through good times and bad.

"His contribution over so many years as a trade union leader, as a minister but especially as prime minister has helped shape the nation of Solomon Islands,"Dr Austin said.

"On behalf of all members of the Regional Assistance Mission, we assure you our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time."