1 Sep 2006

PNG and Solomons to hold border talks

3:41 pm on 1 September 2006

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are to hold their first joint border talks since the signing of the Basic Border Agreement between the two Melanesian countries in 2004.

Solomon Islands Deputy Foreign Affairs Secretary, Senda Fifi'i, says the first ever 'Joint Border Committee' talks will be wide-ranging covering customs, immigration, policing and surveillance, traditional, mapping and environmental issues.

Three Solomon Islands Provinces share a common border with Papua New Guinea and their chiefs and community elders will be part of the delegation which will be led by the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Police and National Security Minister.


Papua New Guinea's delegation will be led by the Deputy Foreign Minister with the Minister for Bougainville Affairs