19 Jun 2003

Solomons PM delays recall of parliament

4:31 pm on 19 June 2003

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Sir Allen Kemakeza, has announced the postponement of the scheduled sitting of parliament from June 24th to July 8th.

Sir Allen said late yesterday that the delay is to, among other things, give members of parliament time to study the proposal to permit foreign intervention in the country's law and order situation.

He said it would also give time for those drawing up the relevant legislation to complete their task.

Meanwhile, the prime minister says there has been widespread support for the intervention proposal but says what he called " a certain group" had submitted a request that the government re-examine the weapons amnesty and disarmament process.

Our correspondent in Honiara says the leader of the opposition, John Garo, submitted a document to the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.