RAMSI Permanent Exhibition Opens At Solomon Islands National Museum

'Permanent reminder of the past' will ensure country never follows same path

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, July 26, 2017) – It has been described as a permanent reminder of the past – and a symbol ensuring Solomon Islanders never again follow a similar path in the future.

The RAMSI Permanent Exhibition opened today in the grounds of the National Museum, as part of this week’s farewell RAMSI celebrations.

Opened by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and RAMSI special coordinator Quinton Devlin, the exhibition will be open to the public and shows a great range of stories and photos from RAMSI’s 14 years in the country.

From the first intervention in 2003, to the riots in Chinatown and the subsequent relative peace, all facets of the conflict and resolution are on display.

Mr Sogavare said the exhibition was another example of the long-running partnership between RAMSI and the Solomon Islands Government.

[PIR editor's note: On June 26, 2017 RNZI reported that 'A special session of the Solomon Islands Parliament is being convened today to allow MPs to thank the departing Regional Assistance Mission.']

And though he described the pictures as “beautiful”, he said they also reminded Solomon Islanders of the past.

“This will remind generations and future partners that RAMSI was once here,” he said. “And for Solomon Islanders to resolve to not go down that path again.”

RAMSI special coordinator Quinton Devlin said as the country arrived at the final pages of RAMSIit was “fitting” that an exhibition, such as this one, was opened.

[PIR editor's note: On June 26, 2017 SIBC reported that 'Documents containing the 14 years of work done by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) have been handed over to the National Archives this morning.']

“It enables us to look forward with optimism and hope, and also to look at the past.”

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