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Monday, January 29, 2007

Solomon government blocks PNG Moti inquiry team from visiting Honiara

The Solomon Islands government has blocked a Papua New Guinea Defence Force inquiry team from visiting Honiara to investigate the escape of wanted Australian lawyer, Julian Moti.

On a visit to Port Moresby during the weekend, Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Patteson Oti, conveyed the decision to the PNG government, saying the proposed visit was inappropriate.

The board of inquiry headed by Justice Gibbs Salika, who earlier commented that "Solomon Islands was just a speck in the ocean", planned to fly to Honiara yesterday to further investigate Mr Moti’s escape from Port Moresby on a PNG military flight to the Solomons in October.

Patteson Oti told PNG’s Foreign Minister, Paul Tiensten, that the board of inquiry’s jurisdiction did not extend to the Solomons and it was an internal matter for PNG.

Source: RNZI

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