SOLOMONS OPPOSITION URGES MOTI REPATRIATION

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, May 30) – The Parliamentary Opposition has reiterated its earlier call for the repatriation of suspended Attorney General, Julian Moti to Australia to clear his name from the child sex charges.

Opposition leader Fred Fono says the Government must allow Mr Moti to be repatriated because he remains a stumbling block in the attempts to normalize diplomatic relations between Solomon Islands and Australia.

Mr Fono congratulates Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare for recently allowing the Australian High Commissioner, Peter Hooton to formalize his posting.

However, Mr Fono says Mr Moti needs to clear his name before he can be reinstated as Attorney General.

Mr Fono says the Government must surrender Mr Moti to allow the country to move forward with the rebuilding process.

"I made the call following the offer by the Australian Foreign Minister or the government in Canberra inviting Solomon Islands Government to send in a delegation to start having dialogue for normalising the relations between Australia and Solomon Islands Governments."

Mr Fono has suggested a give and take strategy to be taken at the talks and the delegation should include at least two members of the Parliamentary Opposition.

He says the bi-partisan approach will reflect the importance of mending the soured diplomatic relations between the two neighbouring countries.

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