11 Jul 2003

Solomons parliament votes unanimously for intervention force

10:21 am on 11 July 2003

Solomon Islands MPs will have a week to debate and pass legislation that will allow the foreign intervention force into the country.

Last night MPs unanimously voted to endorse the Government's policy statement recommending that the Australian led force be allowed in to restore law and order and the economy.

That vote came despite some criticism of the plan in two days of debate at the national parliament.

Our correspondent Dorothy Wickham says debate on the enabling legislation will start on Monday.

"Specifically it says that the foreign police officers will have the same powers that will enable them to act as police officers and have powers of arrest and any other power held by police officers here."

A Government MP, Mathias Taro, says after yesterday's vote, the legislative change is just a formality.