24 Jun 2003

NZ yet to decide on role in possible Solomons intervention force

6:19 am on 24 June 2003

The New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark, says no decision has been reached on whether New Zealand will contribute to a proposed armed intervention force in Solomon Islands.

A one-day meeting is to be held of foreign ministers from Pacific Island countries in Sydney on Monday to discuss an Australian proposal to send more foreign police, possibly backed by military force, to Guadalcanal to restore law and order.

Miss Clark says the issue of Solomon Islands was discussed by cabinet yesterday and further talks will be held over the next few days.

She says a brief will be prepared for the foreign minister, Phil Goff, ahead of a meeting with his Australian counterpart, Alexander Downer, in Adelaide on Friday and the Pacific nations' foreign ministers in Sydney.