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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Feb. 18 - The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will soon withdraw its military element posted at the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal.

This follows encouraging reports of improvements on law and order in the area.

RAMSI says only a small number of troops will accompany the last group of internally displaced people from Weathercoast, who will return to their homes soon.

A large RAMSI's military presence is located in the capital Honiara, consisting mainly of support and logistic elements.

However, military response forces remain located on Malaita.

A total of 730 RAMSI military personnel are still in Solomon Islands.

They are supported by a maritime and air elements.

February 19, 2004

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.:


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