The people of Shortland Islands of Solomon Islands says the planned withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands from the border security posts there will create a security vacuum.
The Western Province islands share a common border with the Papua New Guinea Island of Bougainville
The Maleai Village elder of Shortland Islands, Edward Kingmele says while RAMSI has restored law and order in Solomon Islands, the improvement is only window dressing in some areas.
He says the departure of RAMSI personnel from the border security posts, will likely cause divisions amongst the people of the three islands.
He says Shortlanders appreciate the presence of RAMSI personnel because they have markedly improved security there and they would be sad to see them leave.