19 Feb 2007

Solomons opposition aims to rebuild diplomatic relationships with Australia and US

5:16 pm on 19 February 2007

The Solomon Islands opposition's motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister is expected to be debated either this Friday or next Monday.

Since his election last May, Manasseh Sogavare, who survived a no-confidence vote in October, has been embroiled in a series of diplomatic rows with Australia.

Political parties in the opposition met over the weekend after filing the motion on Friday, and agreed that restoring damaged diplomatic relationships with Australia and the United States is a priority.

Opposition MP Edward Huniehu says if the motion is successful they'll immediately negotiate for funding from the US Millennium Challenge Fund.

"PLAY AUDIO: SOLS DIPLOMATIC"

IN:......The opposition group, when we were in the last government, we have begun the process of mending that relationship and discussions with the former secretary of states Colin Powell and we believe that we can be able to negotiate massive capital funds for rural development through this fund.

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Edward Huniehu says if the opposition succeeds with the motion, they will also repatriate suspended Attorney General Julian Moti to Australia, re-instate Shane Castles as the country's police Commissioner and Primo Afeau as Attorney General.