7 Jun 2007

Solomon Islands civil society groups to discuss invitation from PM for meeting

3:30 pm on 7 June 2007

Civil society groups in Solomon Islands are to meet to decide whether to accept an invitation from the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, to have discussions on issues they're concerned about.

The groups are opposed to plans to appoint controversial lawyer, Julian Moti, as the Attorney-General and want the government to rescind the appointment of the new Police Commissioner, Jahir Khan.

The spokesperson for Transparency Solomon Islands, Joses Tuhanuku, says they should have a face to face meeting with Mr Sogavare.

He says it would be best if there were no preconditions from either side.

"I think that we should go there with an open mind and allow the meeting to take place. And, whatever will be raised by the prime minister should be considered and also whatever will be raised by the civil society groups, it's up to the prime minister and his team to consider that. So, I think that it will be a good thing for the prime minister to meet civil society groups."

Mr Tuhanuku says the groups, which include Winds of Change, National Council of Women, the Council of Trade Unions and others, will make a decision this weekend.