The sixth consultative meeting between the Solomon Islands Government, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and the Pacific Islands Forum is underway in Honiara.

The meeting is important to strengthening relations and confidence between the government and RAMSI, and in addressing specific issues of concern.

The meeting gives support to the Forum Ministerial Standing Committee that was established to provide oversight and governance to RAMSI operations.

The meeting of the three parties received updates on the work of RAMSI from the three groups, including on the status of implementation of the SIG-RAMSI Partnership Framework, as well as the 2009 RAMSI Annual Performance Report.

The meeting also serves as the preparatory meeting for the 4th Forum Ministerial Standing Committee meeting that will be held today in Honiara.

It was be attended by senior officials from Australia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, RAMSI and the Forum Secretariat.