7 Jun 2004

NZ Foreign Minister to assess RAMSI progress in Honiara today

8:26 am on 7 June 2004

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Phil Goff, will assess the progress of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands during a series of meetings in Honiara today.

He is also due to sign an agreement with the European Union over providing support for basic education in the Solomons.

From Honiara, Walter Zweifel has more:

"Mr Goff's visit comes almost four years to the day after the coup by Malaitan militants and police that brought down the government of Bartholomew Ulafa'alu and now, nearly a year after the Australian led intervention began, Mr Goff will take stock of the progress in restoring law and order. He will meet a cross section of leaders and officials as the intervention has shifted its attention from disarmament to dealing with those involved in crime and corruption in a bid to revive the economy that needs to grow in the face of a burgeoning population. To help with that challenge, Mr Goff will sign a memorandum of understanding for continued funding of education."