27 Feb 2007

RAMSI says no mystery in black boxes despite claims of Solomons' prime minister

7:42 pm on 27 February 2007

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Tim George has expressed surprise at an allegation by Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, that mysterious black boxes were lifted out of the sea in front of the RAMSI headquarters.

Mr George said he was puzzled that the Prime Minister should repeat this claim to the national parliament last Friday as he had already personally provided the Prime Minister with formal written advice on the allegations in January of this year.

Mr George says he had told the prime minister that the black boxes were used in a joint sea and air rescue exercise between Solomon Islands authorities and RAMSI.

Mr Sogavare told parliament on Friday that six boxes were lifted from the sea just outside the RAMSI headquarters and no one knew what they were because no one was allowed to go and check them.

However, the Special Coordinator says that is simply not true.

He says the Prime Minister knew the true story behind the claims because he had told him in the letter he wrote in January.