Solomons mission review under way

Solomons mission review under way

Solomons mission review under way

Updated 30 March 2012, 14:50 AEDT

A review of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has begun.

As well as investigating ways of changing RAMSI, the review has been given the task of finding away for it to be withdrawn.

The review will also look at separating assistance programs funded by AusAid and RAMSI, and the creation of governing body involving the Solomons' government to regulate RAMSI's operations.

Since taking power Solomons' Prime Minister Manessah Sogavare has made it clear he wants an end to Australia's domination of the mission, and eventually wants it out of his country.

The terms were agreed to at last year's Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting, where Mr Sogavare and Australian Prime Minister John Howard clashed over the mission's role.

Our Pacific correspondent says these terms appear to indicate Mr Sogavare has the support of other Pacific leaders for a change in RAMSI.

The two member team conducting the preliminary review began its investigation on Thursday.

The review will report to forum Foreign ministers, with Forum leaders to make a final decision in Tonga in October.