25 Sep 2004

Solomons, Cooks ambassadors try to head off Irish phone ban - report

9:15 am on 25 September 2004

A report in the Republic of Ireland says ambassadors from both Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands are urging Dublin not to cut phone contact with the two countries.

The Irish Times newspaper reports the European Union ambassadors of the two countries are to travel to Dublin next Friday in an attempt to head off a blanket ban on direct dial calls between Ireland and the Pacific countries.

The Cook Islands ambassador to the EU, Todd McClay, has told the newspaper he's finding out if Ireland is breaching World Trade Organisation rules.

The Solomon Islands ambassador to the EU, Robert Sisilo, says he doesn't think it's legally acceptable for Ireland to block calls.