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New government on the Solomon Islands

Norway has aligned with the EU declaration on the Solomon Island’s new government, published in Vienna and Brussels on 15 May 2006.

31/05/2006 :: The declaration reads as follows: “The EU congratulates the Hon. Manasseh Damukana Sogavare on his appointment as Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands. The EU wishes the new government of the Solomon Islands every success in fulfilling its democratic mandate. The EU stands ready to support and help the Solomon Islands wherever possible, provided that the conditions for good governance are met.

However, the EU strongly encourages the formation of a government composed of ministers beyond reproach in order to assure Solomon Islanders and the international community of their commitment to reconciliation and good governance.

The EU recalls that it committed around EUR 35 million to the Solomon Islands since our aid programmes resumed as a result of the improved law and order and governance in the country following the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). We believe that these funds, disbursed in the framework of the Cotonou Agreement, to which Solomon Islands is a signatory, have served to improve the quality of life of ordinary Solomon Islanders.

The EU would like to express once again support for the efforts of Pacific countries via the RAMSI to help the Government of the Solomon Islands to strengthen law and order, improve governance and foster economic prosperity.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.”

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia  continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

 

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