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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Remove RAMSI and nothing will happen: Sogavare

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has accused the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) of driving his nation down the path of another ethnic crisis.

Mr Sogavare led an unsuccessful challenge at the Pacific Islands Forum to Australia's leadership of RAMSI.

The forum instead reached a compromise, agreeing to review RAMSI's operations and establish a new consultative framework.

Mr Sogavare has told SBS TV's Dateline program the mission has done nothing to maintain peace in his nation.

"You remove Australian police and soldiers tomorrow, nothing will happen in Solomon Islands," he said.

"I tell you this is all just make-up. I don't want this Solomon Islands to go down as another East Timor. I will not allow it."

Source: ABC News

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