10 Jul 2003

Former Solomons PM condemns slow Australian reaction to aid needs

10:33 am on 10 July 2003

Debate began yesterday with five MPs speaking, and as Dorothy Wickham reports former Prime Minister Manassah Sogavare was highly critical of Australia's delay in coming to the country's aid.

"especially, he pointed out, when Australia brokered the TPA - the Townsville Peace agreement - between the two warring factions, and it should have used that opportunity. However, he said, if parliamentarians do not support the intervention, then they would be pretty stupid not to. The leader of the Opposition, John Garo, spoke briefly and said that Somomon Islands has no choice but to accept the offer. The Prime Minister said politicians can forget about the future if they do not back it."