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…

Parties reconcile

SOLOMON Islands Post Conflict Reconciliation Rehabilitation and Restoration Association (SIPCRRRA) Guadalcanal had reconciled with Marau and Royal Solomon Islands Police force at Rove playing ground, West Honiara, on Tuesday. The reconciliation was part of the National Healing and Apology programme organized by the national government to try and bring peace after the ethnic conflict on…

PM commissions state-of-the-art RSIPF national response dept facility

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare today joined the Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Mr Quinton Devlin and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Frank Prendergast to commission the new state-of-the-art National Response Department building of the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP). The National Response Department building contains an armoury, an…

Fear not, PM Sogavare assures nation

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured the nation that there is nothing to fear about Police officers bearing firearms under the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP) Limited Rearmament Program. Hon Sogavare made the assurance in his keynote speech at the opening of the new RSIPF National Response Department Building at Rove Police Headquarters containing the…

SI, Aust discuss new development aid programme design for post-RAMSI era

HONIARA and Canberra have commenced dialogue on the design of a new development assistance programme to succeed Australia’s development assistance programme to Solomon Islands through the Regional Assistance Mission in the post-RAMSI era. Australian development assistance programme through RAMSI focusses on the strengthening of the police and correctional services, judicial system and governance machinery. An…