6 Feb 2006

Agreement to detail rights of landowners either side of PNG /Solomon's border

7:56 am on 6 February 2006

The tribal and traditional ownership rights to land and other resources of the people living on either side of the Solomons Papua New Guinea border are to be detailed under a new agreement.

During his visit to Honiara, PNG's Foreign Affairs Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, signed a Frame Work Treaty, guiding relations between the two countries.

The framework includes the Basic Border Agreement and Special Areas agreement between the two nations.

Sir Rabbie says the agreement paves the way for more detailed development plans to monitor and control the movement of people and cargo on both sides of the border.

He says everyone appreciates the fact that there are families who own land and other resources on either side of the border.

Sir Rabbie says these rights must be recognised by both countries when detailed arrangements, similar to those PNG has with Indonesia and Australia, are finally worked out.