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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

NZ Foreign Minister says Solomon Islands govt and RAMSI need to compromise

New Zealand's Foreign Minister says the Sogavare Government in Solomon Islands and the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) need to find a middle ground.

Speaking at a security summit in Singapore, Phil Goff has said there have been good reasons the Sogarare government has tried to maintain its sovereignty in the face of decisions by RAMSI.

But he says it is important that the government of the Solomon Islands continues to recognise the importance of the work being done by the Australian-led mission.

The Solomon Islands government, for good reasons and bad, has pushed back against their decision, making authority or sovereignty being constrained by the Regional Assistance Mission.

The Solomon Islands public however have remained hugely supportive of the regional mission.

The mission and the Solomon Islands government now face the challenge of trying to find a middle ground to enable ongoing cooperation, he says.

Source: Radio Australia

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