NEW SOLOMONS LEADER TO APOLOGIZE TO PNG’S SOMARE

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 16) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua says he will apologise to Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare when he visits there next week.

He said his apology would be made because Solomon Islands let him down when the previous Sogavare government boycotted last year’s Pacific Islands Forum in Tonga.

Dr Sikua will also apologise to the PNG leader for the fiasco caused by former Attorney General Julian Moti to PNG.

Describing the trip as fence mending, Dr Sikua admitted that the visit to PNG is mainly to apologise to Sir Michael.

"Not only to apologise for not attending the forum but the fiasco we caused on the Moti issue," he said.

The PM will also thank his counterpart for PNG’s contribution to RAMSI.

[PIR editor’s note: RAMSI, the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands, is an international peacekeeping force that has been in the Solomons since late 2003, initially to quell lawlessness and currently to maintain political stability.]

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