28 Sep 2007

Solomons Opposition advises Prime Minister not to tamper with RAMSI

5:53 pm on 28 September 2007

The Solomon Islands Opposition has called on the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, to conduct his own survey if he is unhappy with that done for the Regional Assistance Mission.

RAMSI's survey, released this week, showed that the vast majority of people are happy with the work of the mission and believe its presence is vital in maintaining security in the country.

RAMSI says the survey was independently conducted by the Australian National University, using best practice methodology, but Mr Sogavare claims it lacks credibility.

The Opposition Leader, Fred Fono, says it is obvious that the Prime Minister has decided to dislike the mission so he should do his own survey.

But he warns Mr Sogavare and his advisors not to tamper with RAMSI because its presence over the past four years has allowed Solomon Islanders to move around and conduct their business freely and without fear.