19 Dec 2007

RAMSI says it will support Solomon Islands police

11:33 am on 19 December 2007

The regional assistance mission to Solomon Islands or RAMSI says it committed to supporting local police to ensure a free and fair environment for this week's election of a new prime minister.

In a joint statement, RAMSI's police and military chiefs made clear that RAMSI remains neutral in all its operations.

The Commander of RAMSI's Participating Police Force or PPF Denis McDermott

says while some people might try to claim RAMSI is interfering in local politics, the truth was the mission responded only to the risk assessments and security requests of the local police.

Mr McDermott says RAMSI's role is strictly limited to supporting local police in maintaining law and order during the operations for the coming parliament sitting.