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Police Commissioner Mathew Varley and RAMSI Coordinator (Photo Credit UNDP Solomon Islands Facebook Page)

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has affirmed his confidence that security and governance in the country has been stable and improved.

The Prime Minister made the statement in his opening remarks during the National Peace Dialogue that took place at the Heritage Park Hotel yesterday.

The National Peace Dialogue is a two-day dialogue and will conclude today.

“The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will completely withdraw at the end of this month.

“However, our bilateral tie with Australia, in relation to security will be stepped up in order for us not to repeat our mistakes in terms of security in a broader context.

“In that regard, I am pleased to say that Solomon Islands and Australia will soon sign a bilateral security treaty that will take into account Australia’s support in the event of a major security challenge,” the Prime Minister said.

Sogavare then told participants of the National Peace Dialogue yesterday that Cabinet will deliberate on this as soon as possible before its finalization with the Australian Government.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, as all of you are aware, RAMSI will leave our shores come the end of this month.

“RAMSI has given us the space and time in order for us to re-build our society. We have achieved steady and positive progress.

“Security has remained largely stable and governance has improved. Economic recovery has gained some momentum,” Prime Minister Sogavare further added.

He then added that all citizens must work together in order to maintain our peaceful coexistence as everyone must be instruments of peace.

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