16 Jun 2011

Solomon Islands PM keen not to spoil relationship between Fiji and MSG

6:26 am on 16 June 2011

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Danny Philip, says he doesn't want anything to spoil the relationship between Fiji and The Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Mr Philip, who was instrumental in helping the Fiji interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, obtain the MSG chairmanship this year, has declined to comment on the status of a former Fiji senior officer, Lieutenant Colonel, Tevita Uluilakeba Mara.

Mr Philip likened the controversy centring on Colonel Mara to a feud that is quite internal.

He says Fiji is important to Solomon Islands.

"We will maintain our all-embracing policy on Fiji, making sure that Fiji - the most important thing to Solomon Islands is to get Fiji back on track of the 2014 election, democratic elections in Fiji."

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Danny Philip.