Coalition forces – Fiji
Contributing nation – Fiji, RAMSI website
Fiji has provided police officers and military personnel to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands since July 2003. Several Fijian civilian advisers are working in RAMSI-supported projects and Fijian police are part of RAMSI’s Participating Police Force (PPF). Mataiasi Lomaloma, from Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is the Assistant Special Coordinator of RAMSI, working in the Office of the Special Co-ordinator – the mission’s main coordinating body.
RAMSI says vinaka vakalevu – thank you very much to Fiji on their Independence Day , RAMSI media release, 10 October 2008
Fiji has been a major participant in RAMSI since its inception in 2003. “Fiji has provided support to RAMSI leadership through the position of Assistant Special Coordinator, and by providing police and civilian advisers to help develop the skills and confidence of their Solomon Island government counterparts,” Mr George said.…Also serving with RAMSI is Ms Unaisi Vuniwaqa, head of the seventh Fiji police contingent…The 7th Police Contingent from Fiji consists of eight members; six males and two females. On average they have more than 20 years of experience in policing.
“RAMSI Assistant Special Coordinator Mataiasi Lomaloma today said Fiji was proud to be working alongside Solomon Islanders to help rebuild their country, extending a long tradition of friendship. Mr Lomaloma said the people and government of Fiji recognised their strong ties with Solomon Islands and were pleased to be able to contribute police, civilians and military to RAMSI from the beginning….Currently eight Fijian police are working as part of the Participating Police Force (PPF) alongside the Solomon Islands Police Force. The Fijian Police Force Quick Response Force were deployed to Honiara in April  to help restore law and order after the civil unrest. A platoon of 35 soldiers from the Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) recently departed and the RFMF will supply another platoon in February next year .”