Western Province farewells RAMSI

THE people of the Western Province and their provincial government have officially farewelled the last two provincial-based Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) advisers to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). The departure of the Gizo-based RAMSI Participating Police Force (PPF) advisers is a major milestone in the drawdown of the RAMSI as…

Gov’t dismisses rumour of renewed ethnic tension

THE Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) has dismissed rumours of renewed ethnic tensions between Guadalcanal and Malaita Provinces. The Government instead has called on groups and individuals to respect the ongoing peace building initiatives currently implemented by the Government and other stakeholders to restore lasting peace in the country. Government Authorities were made aware…

RAMSI to be decommissioned in September

THE Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is gazing at decommissioning the Regional Assistant Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in September. PIF senior representatives made the consideration after hearing the priorities and plans of the Solomon Islands government (SIG) and RAMSI at the 12th meeting of the Enhanced Consultative Mechanism (ECM) held in Honiara on 14 Thursday.…

WPA acknowledges RAMSI, supports RSIPF limited rearmament

THE Western Provincial Assembly (WPA) acknowledged and appreciated the assistance provided by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in restoring law and order after the ethnic tension which affected the country from 1998 to 2003. “Solomon Islands must now take care of its own security. “RAMSI cannot stay forever. We must accept responsibility…

PM impressed with RSIPF rearmament training

PRIME Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, yesterday (16 March) reviewed the firearms training undertaken by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Close Personal Protection unit, which provides security to the sitting Prime Minister and other VIPs that visit Solomon Islands. The firearms training was undertaken at the Tenaru Firing Range, east of Honiara. Prime Minister…

Solomons to consider Poland’s UN security council bid

THE Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has assured Poland that Solomon Islands will seriously consider its bid to become a member of the UN Security Council for the period 2018-2019. Mr Maelanga made the assurance at a courtesy meeting with Polish Ambassador to Solomon Islands H.E. Pawel Milewski on Monday 14th March. Ambassador Milewski said…

$3 million payment questioned

FORMER Guadalcanal militants from the Weathercoast in South Guadalcanal are questioning the real intention of the government paying $3 million to ex-militants from Malaita. A spokesman, who wants his name withheld, told the Sunday Star that his group of ex-combatants also demand a similar payment to be made to them. He said whilst it is…

Malaita Police force boosted

THE work of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Malaita Province will be enhanced with the official hand over of a Stabicraft by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) during a ceremony in Auki on 18 December. The new RAMSI Special Coordinator, Quinton Devlin, and the new Commander of the RAMSI…

RAMSI PPF commander departs after two years

THE RAMSI Participating Police Force Commander, Greg Harrigan has expressed great confidence that the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is well placed to succeed in the absence of the Mission after 2017 as he leaves after two years in the position. Mr Harrigan, of the Australian Federal Police, departs Honiara today 15 December after becoming…

Security a prerequisite to economic development

Private View NATIONAL security is an integral element for any country’s economic development. Its absence would mean timidity (insecurity) to investors who tried their best to build an economy of a particular country through their business assets and the nation as a whole. The term (National security) might have altered definition and views to different…

RAMSI commends SIG for initiative on drawdown

THE Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has commended the Solomon Islands Government for its initiative of getting all the government Ministries involved in the work of the Mission to discuss the draw-down of RAMSI in 2017 at a workshop held in Honiara on 25 November 2015. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva,…