AUSTRALIA NAMES NEW HEAD OF SOLOMONS PEACEKEEPING FORCE

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SYDNEY, Australia (Australian Broadcasting Corp. Oct. 19) – Australia has named a top diplomat, Tim George, as the new head of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

He will replace James Batley, who has been Special Coordinator of RAMSI since August, 2004.

Mr George will be the third Australian diplomat to head RAMSI, which began its work in Solomon Islands in July, 2003.

He is expected to take up the post in Honiara next month.

Announcing the appointment, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia had consulted the Solomon Islands Government and regional partners in RAMSI.

ABC News Online: http://www.abc.net.au/news/ © 2006 ABC. All Rights Reserved

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