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Friday, February 16, 2007

William Haomae files no-confidence motion against Solomons PM

A motion of no confidence has been filed against Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

The motion was filed by a member of the opposition and representative of the South Malaita Constituency, Hon William Haomae.

Radio Australia has reported that no further detail can be acquired from the speaker of parliament Sir Peter Kenilorea.

Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Canberra, Victor Ngele, confirms that the Solomon Islands Government would accept a letter of accreditation from Australia's new top diplomat in Honiara, Peter Hooton next week.

Mr Ngele says the leaders of Solomon Islands and Australia need to meet face to face to discuss divisions between the two countries.

"We have never said that we do not like Australia and what they are doing," he said.

"We have said we would like to be treated with some amount of respect as a sovereign country."

Mr Ngele says his government wants to continue the regional assistance mission to Solomon Island, RAMSI, but with a clear demarcation of its role.

Ties between the Solomons and Australia have been strained since the Pacific nation refused to assist in the extradition of wanted Australian lawyer, Julian Moti, in October. Mr Moti is wanted by Australian authorities to face child sex charges dating back to 1997.

Source: Radio Australia

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