INDONESIAN AMBASSADOR VOWS STRONGER TIES WITH SOLOMNS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, May 21) - The new Indonesian
Ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Johannes Djopari this morning presented his
letter of credential to the Governor General Sir John Ini Lapli.

Djopari said that he would strive to strengthen relationship
established with Solomon Islands.

Djopari said as Indonesia is a development partner of the
Pacific Islands Forum, it is hoped to open more opportunity to establish and
enhance relationships with the Forum in promoting economic, development and
technical co-operations.

The ambassador said that although Indonesia is more democratic
than what it used to be, the democratic process has not been easy.

He admitted that issues challenging the democratic process
include national unity, territorial integrity, economic survival of the people
and social political upheaval due to inter-social political conflicts in several
areas.

However, over the past four years Indonesia had taken an
integrated approach to solving some of these issues, including a political
scheme which accelerates economic development, social rehabilitation, law
enforcement and protection of human rights and restoration of peace.

He will be holding discussions with the Foreign minister and the
prime minister today and will be holding discussions with the Police
commissioner William Morrell and Police Minister Augustine Taneko and other
government ministers and officials.

May 22, 2003

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb 

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