RAMSI came at the invitation of the Solomon Islands Government under laws passed unanimously by the Solomon Islands National Parliament. The mission has over the past decade had its fair share of challenges and critics. But in partnership with the government and people of Solomon Islands, it has also achieved much of which we can all be very proud. These successes can be attributed to several factors but high on the list is the realisation by the people, communities and all levels of leadership that their beloved Hapi Isles needed help. According to the People’s Survey, support for RAMSI never fell below 85 percent of Solomon Islands’ population. The regional nature of RAMSI, with its endorsement by the Pacific Islands Forum under the Biketawa Declaration of 2000, was also a big part of the mission’s long lasting success. With people from every Pacific Islands Forum country included in the RAMSI military, police and civilian programmes, the barriers that could be caused by different people and cultures were minimised. The willingness by the people of Solomon Islands to accept people from other Pacific islands countries into their communities made a great difference to the success of RAMSI. Solomon Islands is now a different place from the nation that RAMSI found on arrival in the early hours of 24 July 2003. Law and order has been re-established in the communities. The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has been rebuilt and is gradually regaining the confidence, trust and respect it once had from the community. Solomon Islands now has functioning government systems and the economy continues to grow every year.
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