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Friday, September 15, 2006

Solomon's stand firm on diplomat's expulsion

There are no signs of reconciliation between Australia and the Solomon Islands over Honiara's decision to expel the Australian High Commissioner earlier this week.

Sources within the Solomon Islands Government say Prime Minister Menasseh Sogavare will not back down over his decision to expel High Commissioner Patrick Cole.

Mr Sogaware's stance is causing concern that Australia may review its multi-million-dollar aid package to the Solomons and the row could hurt the nation's fragile peace.

Solomons Opposition Leader Frank Fono says there will be consequences for Mr Sogavare and his Government as a result of the action.

A letter drafted by Mr Sogavare to Prime Minister John Howard last night is expected to arrive in Canberra today.

Source: ABC News

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