AUSTRALIAN SENATORS MEET OFFICIALS IN SOLOMONS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 28) - An Australian
Parliamentary Senate Committee is in Solomon Islands today, for a series of
high-level meetings in Honiara.

"The Australian delegation, led by Committee chairman Labor
Senator Peter Cook, is examining the current state of relations with nations in
the south-west Pacific.

High on the agenda in Honiara today will be the implications for
Australia of the political and security situation in Solomon Islands.

Members are scheduled to meet Prime Minister Allen Kemakeza,
Foreign Minister Laurie Chan, Police Minister Augustine Taneko and Police
Commissioner William Morrell.

Meetings are also scheduled with members of the National Peace
Council and civil society groups.

Senator Cook said Australia could have a role in helping to
reestablish civil order in the Solomons.

"It is possible, now that Solomon Islands is approaching
the status of a failed state," said Cook. "There aren't too many in
the world but if the Solomon Islands is one, I think the global community will
be looking to Australia to help it back onto its feet."

May 28, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 

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