Preventing Humanitarian Disaster in the South Pacific

Canada can learn from Australia in the way it accepted the Responsibility to Protect and helped reestablish peace in the Solomon Islands.

Brian Adeba
Published: Wednesday, 12/14/2005 12:00 am EST

When the Solomon Islands descended into chaos as a result of ethnic strife two years ago, the prime minister of the Pacific nation wrote to the Australian government seeking assistance in restoring law and order. Together with 16 other nations from the Pacific, an intervention force called the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was formed. Led by Australia and New Zealand, the force consisting of 300 police officers managed to bring normality to the Solomons, says Murray Harris, Executive Officer at the India and South Asia Section in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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