admin's picture

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 29) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has softened his strong stand on RAMSI [Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands] as he declared "let’s move on", last night

Sogavare’s positive speech was quickly embraced by the head of Forum Review Team Kaliopate Tavola who said: "we are here to listen".

The former Fijian Foreign Minister said the forum believes that there are a lot of improvements between the views and the relationship between the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI and areas they can build. The Pacific Islands Forum Taskforce team, which also includes former New Zealand diplomat Neil Walters and Solomon Islander as well as deputy secretary general Peter Forau will begin their review of RAMSI today until Tuesday.

Mr Sogavare said despite what happened in the past the government is serious about upholding the partnership.

"It’s about partnership and our focus is where we are going – there’s no point of looking back," the prime minister said in a cocktail party to welcome the reviewers. Mr Sogavare has pledged his government’s support for the good work that RAMSI has done in the country.

The prime minister paid tribute to special coordinator Tim George whom he described as a person he now knows better – after a week together in the tsunami hit region of western Solomons. He said he has learnt a lot especially George’s encouragement on the importance of partnership.

On that, Mr Sogavare said he considered the government as very important stakeholders in RAMSI. And the PIF, which is another major player in RAMSI, came with a simple message. "We are coming with full respect of the sovereignty and integrity of the Solomon Islands Government," said Mr Tavola.

He said they also come from a benchmark that they respect the constitution and the legislations of the country and also appreciate the work that RAMSI has been doing. On partnership, Mr Tavola said: "We are very much aware of the partnership that is being built up between RAMSI and the Solomon Islands Government."

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment