Politics Archive June 2011

Sir Baddley Urges Government to Set Up COI

Statesman and Solomon Islands first Governor General, Sir Baddley Devesi, has urged the government to set up a Commission of Inquiry into police operations to arrest prison escapee, Stanley Gitoa, on North Guadalcanal.
Mr McCully says New Zealand's wish to revisit the mission's scope needs to be done jointly with other participating countries.

NZ pushes for RAMSI to Shift to Development Work

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says he wants to use his visit to Solomon Islands to push for a better plan for the Regional Assistance Mission's transition from security into development work.
Mr Sogavare also questions how the decision will affect the behavior of capital flow into the country by big companies.

Sogavare Attacks 5% Appreciation of Currency

Former Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, says the 5% appreciation of the Solomon Islands dollar will directly affect the government's budget.
Former Prime Minister and now Opposition Leader Dr Derek Sikua.

Sikua Critical of MDG Targets

The Leader of Opposition, Dr Derek Sikua, says he doubts the Prime Minister's expressed confidence that the country can achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
"I believe the urgent priority for the region now is to look at issues relating to relocating people affected by climate change or climate change refugees."

Focus on Those Displaced by Climate Change: Sikua

Opposition Leader, Dr Derek Sikua, says Pacific leaders should place top priority on Pacific climate change refugees and not people from overseas.