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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is an entity, it should not merge: Dr Sikua

Solomon Islands opposes to the idea of amalgamating the Forum Fisheries Agency with other regional institutions.

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua confirms Solomon Islands position when he held discussions with the visiting Cook Islands' Prime Minister, Jim Marurai.

There have been moves to amalgamate regional institutions and the FFA has also come under spotlight.

But Dr Sikua says a number of Pacific islands countries, including Cook Islands oppose the idea.

He says FFA is about sovereign Pacific nations deciding over their resources and that FFA is a separate entity under the pillars of the Pacific Plan.

Dr Sikua says under the Pacific Plan, regional leaders and relevant institutions must cooperate to ensure their countries continue to benefit from FFA.

Meanwhile, Dr Sikua says his government will continue to work closely with FFA management to ensure Solomon Islands as a host fulfil its obligations.

Dr Sikua says Mr Marurai's visit to the FFA headquarters is significant because it reflects the importance he attaches to the institution.

Source: SIBC

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