25 Jul 2013

Australia reiterates need for peaceful Solomons

7:20 am on 25 July 2013

The Australian foreign minister has reiterated the importance of maintaining peace in Solomon Islands.

Bob Carr's comment accompanies celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands or RAMSI, deployed in 2003 after five years of militancy that killed 200 people and caused undue suffering to thousands of others.

Australia has been the main contributor to the mission, spending more than two billion US dollars on the operation over the decade.

Senator Carr says it's money well-spent.

"From an Australian or New Zealand perspective it is incalculably important that peace order and good government prevails in this archipelago of 1000 islands."

Australia's foreign minister, Bob Carr.