4 Jul 2007

Solomons civil society groups plan seminar on police rearmament

8:10 pm on 4 July 2007

Civil society groups in Solomon Islands say they are planning a seminar on rearmament next week after the prime minister failed to meet with them.

The groups are concerned about a number of issues, including the pending appointment of Julian Moti as attorney general and the re-armament of certain units of the police.

The prime minister invited the civil society groups for a meeting, but Transparency International's, Joses Tuhanuku, says a meeting did not take place because Sogavare kept postponing it.

Mr Tuhanuku says the groups have now decided to set up a seminar to address their concerns.

"We felt that there is still a need for us to discuss further the issues before we go into any planned actions. So we decided to hold a seminar next week and once again send an invitation to the prime minister to come and address the seminar."

Mr Tuhanuku says they have also invited a number of other people, including the the minister of police and the special coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.