9 Feb 2004

Ramsi official urges caution over border security contract in Solomons

8:36 am on 9 February 2004

The top policeman working under the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands is urging caution over a border security contract that is worrying the opposition.

Ben McDevitt was giving his view on reports that the Solomons' Foreign Minister, Laurie Chan, has signed a deal with an expatriate New Zealander, Mark Emery.

The Opposition Leader, John Garo, says Mr Chan should be sacked over the deal, allegedly worth one hundred and sixty thousand US dollars.

Mr McDevitt, the Deputy Police Commissioner, says it's a political matter but he urges caution.

"I think it's something that needs to be thought out very, very carefully in terms of what the tasks are going to be and who actually is responsible for matters of border security. So, I think that's one where we just need to watch this space."