NEW CALEDONIA FLNKS HESITANT ON SOLOMONS INTERVENTION

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 27) - New Caledonia’s
pro-independence FLNKS movement said an Australian-led military intervention in
Solomon Islands should only go ahead if there is evidence of crime, such as drug
smuggling or gun running.

But FLNKS spokesman Victor Tutogoro said there can be no
development if there is no political stability.

Although New Caledonia is among Solomon Islands’ three closest
neighbors, Tutugoro said the distance is too big for Solomon Islands to pose a
security risk to New Caledonia.

And he said there is no role for France, which has co-operation
agreements with Australia and New Zealand to help in humanitarian crises.

"If there is drug trafficking, arms trafficking things of
that kind, armed action could be justified on condition that that has been well
verified," he said.

There has been no comment on problems in the Solomon Islands
from the French government as the region’s foreign ministers prepare to meet
in Sydney on Monday to discuss the planned intervention.

June 27, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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