PM Hou holds dialogue with UN SG

Picture: Solomon Islands Prime Minister's Press Secretariat.

HONIARA, 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SIG) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela has met with the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres in New York today.

Prime Minister Houenipwela and the UN Secretary General met at the United Nations Head Quarter.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister has thanked Guterres for availing his time to meet with him.

The Prime Minister also congratulated and applauds Guterres leadership at the helm of the world’s preeminent multilateral institution.

“I wish to convey Solomon Islands support to the principles of multilateralism and underscore that as a small state we value the power of collective efforts amongst UN member states,” he said.

The Prime Minister has also acknowledged the support the UN Secretary General has rendered to Solomon Islands on the ground through its programmes and specialised agencies.

“As a small nation with inherent structural handicaps, Solomon Islands will continue to rely heavily on the UN system’s support,” he said.

Prime Minister Houenipwela has also informed Mr Gutteres of post RAMSI and the current reforms the Government is undertaking in setting up a platform for Solomon Islands to move forward.

“As a post conflict country, Solomon Islands is cautious of the recommendations for graduation from LDC status. As such, Solomon Islands is calling for additional assessments that would give a more clearer picture of its situation before we graduate from our LDC status,” he said.

The Prime Minister also informed Guterres that Solomon Islands would table the resolutions to seek deferment for its graduation during this UNGA session.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Houenipwela said Solomon Islands is proud to contribute to the UN civilian Police contingent in Darfur.

He said one of the positive outcomes of the country’s own conflict situation is strengthening the local police force.

“Solomon Islands currently has and produces the best police force in the Pacific Islands region,” he said.

The UN Secretary General in response has highly appreciated the efforts by the Prime Minister and his Government.

Gutteres has also acknowledged concerns raised by the Prime Minister regarding Solomon Islands graduation status and request for deferment.

“I acknowledge the concerns raised and the reasons behind it,” he said.

The UN secretary general has also accepted an invitation by the Prime Minister for him to visit Solomon Islands in the near future.

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