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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SBIC,Mar. 30) - East Kwaio Member of Parliament Alfred Sasako says the Solomon Islands government should consider offering the services of special constables in post-war Iraq, now that Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza supports the war on Iraq.

Sasako says it is encouraging to see that the Government has declared its support for the Coalition of the willing. He says to ensure that the country’s support is tangible, the services of the special constables could be very useful in some form in post-war Iraq.

Kemakeza had vehemently denied that the Solomon Islands government supported the U.S. war effort in Iraq, saying that the country backed the United Nations position opposing armed aggression. Official statements out of Washington, D.C. had included the Solomons among the U.S.-led "coalition of the willing.

Kemakeza last week reiterated his disassociation from the coalition after an updated list released by U.S. officials once again included the Solomns

But the Solomons Prime Minister on Saturday issued a formal statement, saying, "The stance by the United States of America and its allies to disarm Saddam Hussein of all weapons of mass destruction is totally supported by the Solomon Islands government."

SIBC understands that Kemakeza had wanted to express his government's support to the U.S.-led war on Iraq outside the spotlight of the media for fear of security risks to Solomon Islands and its people.

Sasako, meanwhile, says the special constables would not engage in any hostilities, but would be there on humanitarian duties to help rebuild Iraq which would become another member of the international community.

Sasako adds that the idea has the potential to teach work ethics to the special constables, especially in the area of earning their livelihood.

He says it also presents an excellent opportunity for discipline in the hope that it would turn their dark side around. And most importantly, Sasako says it presents the Government with an opportunity to cut costs in the never-ending allowance bill which has become unserviceable.

March 31, 2003

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