15 Jun 2004

RAMSI head voices anger over criticism of its work in Solomon Islands

9:15 pm on 15 June 2004

The co-ordinator of the Solomon Islands RAMSI intervention force, Nick Warner, says recent inaccurate comments about his organisation's work have been made to cause division and create tension among Solomon Islanders.

He told this week's conference on Beyond Intervention that he wants to encourage an open exchange about RAMSI and its work.

But Mr Warner says if the criticism is not honest or constructive it has the capacity to undermine and cloud the commitment of ordinary Solomon Islanders to rebuilding the country in partnership with RAMSI.

He says those who benefited from the nation's chaos are clearly not too keen to see order restored.

Mr Warner says as the first anniversary of RAMSI's arrival approaches, he feels recognition of the enormity of their achievement is at risk of being lost.