Police commended for maintaining peace

Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has commended the Royal Solomon Islands Police for ensuring a safe and peaceful Solomon Islands throughout the 2016 Christmas-2017 New Year festive period. The commendation came after the Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Frank Prendergast informed the Acting Prime Minister that police operations conducted during the festive…

‘Drawdown well on track’

RAMSI’s drawdown preparations are well on track, the country’s Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was informed. This came after RAMSI Special Coordinator Quinton Devlin, and the Deputy Special Coordinator, Alex Cameron briefed Mr Sogavare on the development phases of the RAMSI drawdown strategy on Friday. A statement from the Prime Minister Press Secretariat said, with six…

Pre-RAMSI exit briefings held

Senior representatives of the national government, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat this week discussed preparations for RAMSI’s departure in June 2017 with a range of important stakeholders. Specifically, they briefed women leaders attending a National Women’s Summit on Peace and…

PM Sogavare, Turnbull discuss RAMSI deal

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull have discussed the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) drawdown and a successor Australian policing arrangement with Solomon Islands. The issue of RAMSI drawdown, including a new Australian policing arrangement with Solomon Islands for the post-RAMSI era was the main focus of the bilateral…

Gov’t welcomes forum’s commendation, RAMSI draw-down preparation progresses

The recent outcome of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders meeting on RAMSI as a regional success story has been hailed by the government as preparation to farewell the mission progresses. RAMSI which has only nine lefts in the country had contributed to strengthening regional cooperation and capacity building on security in the country. In…

Byrne outlines post-RAMSI security plans

The Australian High Commission has hosted a media workshop to keep Solomon Islanders informed about Australia’s plans to support security and stability in Solomon Islands after RAMSI departs in June 2017. Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, said that the workshop provided an important opportunity for Australia to clarify its plans for post-RAMSI support and to…