TAIWAN AMBASSADOR TO SOLOMONS’ VEHICLE VANDALIZED

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, Aug 5) – The Solomon Islands government has condemned in the strongest terms the unwarranted attack on the official car of the Ambassador of the Republic of China to Solomon Islands, George Chan, last night.

The car's tires were flattened, rear window smashed and the official flag vandalized whilst parked at the Honiara Hotel where the diplomat was attending an official function.

The government vows to take the necessary action to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice for their deplorable actions.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says he is shocked at the attack on the vehicle of the Ambassador and will do everything it can to ensure those responsible are arrested and punished accordingly.

He says the government sees the attack as not only directed at the ambassador but the entire government and the peace loving people of the Republic of China.

Mr Sogavare says Taiwan has done nothing wrong but has greatly supported the development efforts of Solomon Islands.

He apologises for what had happened adding that such act were carried out by a few individuals who do not respect diplomats and seek to undermine the friendly and cordial relationship Solomon Islands and Taiwan continue to enjoy.

Mr Sogavare says the Taiwan has stood by Solomon Islands in both good and bad times and the government is shocked that the perpetrators lay their hands on a friend.

Police are now investigating the incident and appeals to people who may have information on those responsible to contact police.

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