2 May 2007

Phase one of RAMSI review completed

10:46 am on 2 May 2007

The Pacific Islands Forum Taskforce reviewing the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands or RAMSI has completed six days of consultations with stakeholders in what is the first phase of a two-phase process.

The review was mandated by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders at their 37th Summit in Nadi, Fiji last year following a country paper by the Solomon Islands Government.

The two-member Taskforce included Kaliopate Tavola, former Foreign Minister of Fiji and Neil Walter, a former New Zealand diplomat.

They were assisted by staff of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

The Taskforce members say one thing all the stakeholders agree on is the good work that RAMSI has done in the past four years to bring Solomon Islands out of the situation it was thrown into following the social unrest between 1998 and 2003.

The Taskforce is expected to visit the provinces and consult with other individuals and organizations and some contributing countries on the work of RAMSI during the second phase of the review expected in June.

The final report of the Forum RAMSI Review Taskforce will be submitted to the Forum Foreign Affairs Ministers who are expected to make recommendations to the Forum Leaders.