Tuesday, 2 October 2012 8:47 AM

Solomons Puts Support Behind Fiji

The Solomon Islands has stated that it recognises the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Fiji.

Speaking last week at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says that Solomon Islands will continue to dialogue with Fiji and calls on the region and the international community to support Fiji's "Engaging with the Pacific" process and its road map to the 2014 general elections.

Hon. Lilo said Solomon Islands welcomes Fiji's commitment to have its general elections in 2014.

He said Solomon Islands has also strengthened its mediating role at the sub-regional level through the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

The MSG is made up of the Melanesian countries of the Pacific region, namely; Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Within the MSG Secretariat, a peacekeeping unit has also been established.

Prime Minister Lilo said Solomon Islands and the other MSG members believe that the United Nations remains the bedrock of international peace and security.

Meanwhile, Solomon Islands Prime Minister said his country supports New Caledonia's aspirations to self-determination.

Lilo told the Assembly that last month members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group undertook a second visit to the French Territory to monitor progress under the Noumea accord.

"We encourage all efforts to enable the Kanaks to assume leadership in determining their future. Solomon Islands also joins its regional neighbours in supporting the re-inscription of French Polynesia on the United Nations decolonisation list."

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