Thursday, 13 August 2009 7:03 AM

Government Denies Reports

The Solomon Islands Government is denying reports that two Fiji officials sneaked into last week's Pacific Islands Forum summit in Australia by using Solomon Islands passports.

AAP reported that during the meeting, the two representatives told Papua New Guinea's Post Courier newspaper they attended the event in Cairns to observe, despite Fiji's suspension from the Forum and travel bans on the regime's key members.

The duo from Fiji told the paper they travelled into Australia using Solomon Islands passports.

But the Secretary to Prime Minister, Jeremiah Manele told Radio New Zealand his government has no knowledge of the incident and believes it has been fabricated.

Mr Manele says the government is now investigating the matter to get to the bottom of it.


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