22 Nov 2006

Samoa PM says no possibility of riots in Samoa

10:21 am on 22 November 2006

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says last week's rioting in the neighboring island of Tonga will never happen in Samoa.

Tuila'epa says it's because of the strong cultural ties and the powerful influence of village councils who make rules to make sure stability and peace is always maintained.

Speaking to reporters the prime minister says some palagi's or pakeha have suggested that Samoa will be the next place in the Pacific to have the same troubles as Tonga.

But Tuila'epa has dismissed the suggestion by saying the strength of the Samoan cultural ties and the people's respect for its traditional leaders and traditional avenues in resolving dispute will always prevail.