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Thursday, November 09, 2006

SI PM wants to work with diplomatic partners who are sensitive

By Deli Oso

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called for sensitivity from Solomon Islands diplomatic partners in the conduct of their relationships with the country.

He said sensitivity was the unique characteristic of international relations as there would always be differences that could not be and must not be compromised by the mere fact of having diplomatic relations.

Prime Minister Sogavare warned that if differences were compromised then Solomon Islands and its diplomatic partners were treading on a slippery path to relate to each other.

“Relationship is a very delicate issue as we all come to learn recently and this is true at all levels and types. It must be sensitive to a host of factors including our cultural differences, geographical locations, ethnicity, political and religious affiliations, our rights to independence and respect and the list goes on. When we become insensitive to these fundamentals of relationship we are bound to face difficulties,” he said.

The Prime Minister was speaking at a function he hosted Wednesday night to welcome Republic of China’s (Taiwan) new Ambassador to Solomon Islands, HE George Chan.

He referred to Solomon Islands and ROC’s relationship as one that was premised on a genuine understanding of the fundamentals of relationship.

Source: Government Communications Unit

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