RAMSI Mission To Solomons May End In September

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Pacific Islands Forum looks at decommissioning Mission

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 15, 2016) – The Pacific Islands Forum is looking at decommissioning the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in September.

Senior representatives of the PIF made the consideration yesterday in Honiara after hearing the priorities and plans of the Solomon Islands government and RAMSI.

These include ongoing preparations for RAMSI's drawdown and the staged and limited rearmament of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Acknowledging that Forum leaders authorised the RAMSI mission in 2003, the Enhanced Consultative Mechanism meeting anticipated Forum leaders may wish to de-commission RAMSI formally when they meet in September.

The meeting also confirmed that Solomon Islands, Australia and New Zealand were having in-depth talks about ongoing bilateral security support to Solomon Islands after mid-2017.

RAMSI helped restore law and order and stabilised the finances of Solomon Islands following the ethnic tension that erupted nearly two decades ago.

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