Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Questions without Notice

Solomon Islands

2:11 pm

Photo of Bob CarrBob Carr (NSW, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

Australia has been proud to lead RAMSI. It has been a great regional endeavour. All Pacific Islands Forum countries have contributed personnel and shared its success. Based on the firm foundations of its achievements, RAMSI is now in transition. In consultation with the Solomon Islands and our regional partners, we are planning for the withdrawal of RAMSI's military component in the second half of 2013. Civilian activities will transition to Australia's bilateral aid program and the program of other donors. A robust RAMSI police presence will continue, building the capacity of the Solomon Islands Police Force. Australia's strong commitment to our bilateral partnership with Solomon Islands will continue. As I said at the weekend, we will be there as long as the people of Solomon Islands need us. (Time expired)


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