21 Sep 2007

RAMSI dismisses Solomons review as flawed

1:51 pm on 21 September 2007

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, says a parliamentary review of the mission is muddled, very flawed and lacking in transparency.

Last month, the government last month began a review of the Facilitation of International Assistance Agreement, under which RAMSI was invited into the country in 2003.

The review is based on a report submitted by Attorney General Julian Moti..

RAMSI says it strays into policy, contains misconceptions about the mission, and identifies issues already covered thoroughly in the earlier Pacific Islands Forum review of the mission's work.

But the Assistant Special Co-ordinator of RAMSI, Mataiasi Lomaloma, says they are not opposed to the review as such.

"Any review, you know, we welcome it. But what we are concerned with is the way it has been brought into play. We would have liked to, you know, to have discussed what are the issues. Personally for me, I view it that there is a different motive behind it - but I want to say we are not against it."

Mataiasi Lomaloma