Politics Archive April 2009

Our Relationship is Now Stronger than Ever: H.E Peter Hooton

The outgoing Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, H.E Peter Hooton, says that Australia's relationship with the Solomon Islands is now stronger than ever.
President Ma Ying-jeou will head Taiwans delegation to the summit.

Solomon Islands will Host the Taiwan-Pacific Allies Summit

Solomon Islands will host the Taiwan-Pacific Allies Summit on 20 October.
A village headman in East Kwaio, many in his generation still remember the 1927 massacre, a painful aspect of their history.

1927 Massacre: Kwaio Chiefs Seek to Settle Longstanding Issue

Eleven East Kwaio Chiefs from Malaita Province have arrived in Honiara for talks with the government on issues relating to the massacre in 1927.
The Prime Minister calls on the Pacific Islands Forum to defer implementing sanctions against Fiji until such time leaders in the region have reflected on the situation.

Prime Minister Sikua on Fiji Situation

Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua says the government and people of Solomon Islands share the deep concern and regret of the Pacific region over the events in Fiji.
Solomon Islands have the second highest number of students studying at the Laucala campus in Suva, Fiji.

USP Students Concerned with Political Crises in Fiji

Solomon Islands students studying in USPs' Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji, have expressed concern that the current political crises might affect their studies.
Mr Keniapasia says Dr Fraenkel has made a big academia over-generalization that has "no regard for the problems that people on the ground saw and experience firsthand."

Special Secretary to PM Defends Integrity Bill

Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, local lawyer John Keniapasia has responded to comments by Doctor Jon Fraenkel of the Australian National University's State, Society and Governance Program that the Solomon Islands government's proposed political party integrity bill may not achieve its stated goals.
Dr Sikua says the Integrity Bill should cover about 60 or 70 percent of some of the perceived weaknesses in the current system, one of which is the absence of strong political parties.

Integrity Bill May Not Achieve Desired Result: Dr Fraenkel

Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, is adamant that his proposed Political Party Integrity Bill will go a long way in addressing the instability in the executive arm of government, an unfortunate feature of Solomon Islands politics for some time.