24 Oct 2015

Australia appoints new special coordinator for RAMSI

7:30 am on 24 October 2015

Australia's foreign minister has announced that Quinton Devlin will be the next Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.

Mr Devlin has previously served as the deputy head of mission at the Australian embassy in Brazil, a peace monitor in Bougainville, and was the director of Australia's Swine Flu taskforce.

Julie Bishop says Mr Devlin will take up the position in December, and will oversee RAMSI's support to the Solomon Islands Police Force as the mission continues to wind down.

The Australian-led mission was deployed in 2003 after five years of ethnic tensions, but has gradually withdrawn to now exist in a purely advisory role.