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Thursday, September 20, 2007

SIG apologises for consultative meeting postponement but wants future papers in advance

by Deli Oso, Press Secretary to the PM

The Solomon Islands Government has apologised for the postponement of its third Enhanced Consultation Mechanism meeting with the Pacific Islands Forum and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands but at the same time requested the Pacific Islands Forum to provide it with all relevant documents well in advance for future meetings.

The topics proposed for third meeting supposed to be held on Tuesday were the Solomon Islands Government/RAMSI partnership, RAMSI’s draft medium term strategy and the Facilitation of the International Assistance Act which legalises the operation of RAMSI in Solomon Islands.

In a letter to the Chairman of the Enhanced Consultation Mechanism (ECM) meetings, Peter Efeare, Solomon Islands Secretary to the Prime Minister, Rence Sore said as leader of the Solomon Islands delegation to the consultation he wished to apologise for the late postponement of the meeting.

“I am writing to you as leader of the Solomon Islands delegation to the third Enhancement Consultation Mechanism to sincerely apologise for the late postponement of the consultations on Tuesday 18th September 2007.

“Your Excellency, I will very much appreciate your esteemed understanding and acceptance of my apology on behalf of the Solomon Islands Government.

“However, Your Excellency, based on the sensitive nature of the issues to be discussed in the third ECM it would be imperative for substantive information to be made available well in advance in order for Solomon Islands delegation to articulate a position that could be presented during the meeting, “ Mr Sore said in the letter.

The Secretary to the Prime Minister said the fact that necessary details were not made available to the Solomon Islands government to prepare its position on the agendas of the meeting was now under its scrutiny and the matter would be addressed accordingly to prevent such inconveniences from reoccurring in the future.

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