Monday, 22 February 2010 9:25 AM

PM Sikua Heads to Brussels

Solomon Islands will be the first pacific country to visit the European Union after the December Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, last year.

The Cop15 Summit failed to produce a treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol leaving small island nations worried over the future of their islands.

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua and his delegation will be visiting the European Union early March.

Speaking before leaving the country last Friday Prime Minister Sikua says the visit is an opportunity for Solomon Islands to discuss how best parties could further collaborate towards a legally binding document on climate change.

Dr Sikua says issues of the proposed agenda for the dialogue with the EU include the Global Financial Crisis and budgetary support for Solomon Islands.

Dr Sikua is also expected to pay a courtesy call to the newly voted President of the European Commission, Mr Hosei Emmanuel Goroso during the visit to Brussels.

Dr Sikua and his delegation are currently in Palau for the inaugural Parties to the Nauru Agreement Summit.

He is expected to head to Brussels after the summit in Palau.

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