The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP

Media Release

FA84 - 11 July 2003

Solomon Islands Parliament Supports Australia's Offer

I welcome today's vote in the Solomon Islands Parliament in support of Australia's offer of strengthened assistance.

This vote follows a formal request for assistance from the Solomon Islands' Governor-General, acting on advice of Cabinet, and the unanimous endorsement of the proposed assistance package by Pacific Island Foreign Ministers at a meeting in Sydney on 30 June.

Solomon Islands Parliament will now consider the draft legislation necessary to protect and authorise the presence of external police, military and other personnel.

Once this has been done, the conditions of our offer of strengthened assistance will have been met. We and other Pacific nations will then be able to proceed with the strengthened assistance package so that law and order and peace and prosperity can be restored to Solomon Islands.

Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) 02 6277 7500 Lyndall Sachs (Departmental) 02 6261 1555