Solomon Islands Government to Addresses Diplomatic Switch

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Chairperson of the CMCC and Deputy Prime Minister Hon. John Meneniaru.

THE Core Ministerial Coordination Committee (CMCC) of the Democratic Coalition Government for Change (DCGA) today, met to discuss and identify the development gaps in relation to the current change in the government’s foreign policy on the ‘One China Principle’.

Permanent Secretaries from various government Ministries were summoned to attend the CMCC meeting on ROC- funded projects and identify issues that require urgent attention particularly in the areas of agriculture, education, health and rural development where Taiwan previously provided assistance to the Solomon Islands.

Chairperson of the CMCC and Deputy Prime Minister Hon. John Meneniaru stated,

“The government is greatly thankful to the people and government of Taiwan for the deep and friendly relations and cooperation that we have shared over the last 36 years and the DCGA would like to assure the public that any existing gaps would be comprehensively addressed in the best interests of national peace, progress, and prosperity.”

Hon. Maneniaru further assures parents of students studying in Taiwan that the government is working closely with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Ministry of Finance and Treasury and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, to ensure immediate issues relating to the students welfare, education and if necessary repatriation, are effectively managed and prioritized.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working closely with the Solomon Islands Embassy in Taiwan and reports from the Ambassador stated that all students are well looked after.

“I also wish to reassure the public that the government is addressing the welfare of our students in Taiwan,” Hon. Maneniaru said.

Hon. Maneniaru further added that following what it describes as media misconceptions of the Kadere Party of Solomon Islands (KPSI) being divisive for the DCGA and its leadership.

The Deputy Prime Minister explained that there is no intention to split the Coalition or undermine Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s leadership.

“The Party position was based on a series of meetings which resolved that all the reports and any issue therein be given time for us to be able to make an informed decision.”

“As a result, majority of party members voted in support of other members of Caucus who supported the change in diplomatic relations from Taiwan to the PRC,” Hon. Maneniaru stated.

Based on the DCGA’s ‘Friend to all, enemy to none’ policy the government embarked on a transparent process of due diligence, hence the decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China was a collective decision made by the executive government and should be respected.

“Solomon Islands decided to recognize the One China policy and will proceed to formalize diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and establish a bilateral cooperation framework to immediately address areas previously supported by Taiwan,” Chairperson of the CMCC Hon. John Maneiaru explained.

The establishment of Diplomatic Relations with PRC is consistent with UN Resolution 2758 of October 1971. Which reverted the UN seat to PRC by recognizing the representatives of its Government as the only legitimate representatives of China to the United Nations.