World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Australian Navy Ship Deploys to Solomon Islands

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon. John Moore, MP


Minister for Defence

Monday, 18 September 2000 MIN260/00

Navy Ship Deploys to Solomon Islands

The Minister for Defence, John Moore, announced today that an Australian naval ship has deployed for the Solomon Islands.

"HMAS NEWCASTLE deployed from Sydney this morning and will provide a stabilising presence and help further promote the peace process in the Solomons," Mr Moore said.

"The deployment is expected to continue until the next round of peace talks is conducted between the Solomon Islands' government, the Malatian Eagle Force and the Isatabu Freedom Movement."

The NEWCASTLE is a FFG frigate which will be prepared to provide a neutral and secure venue for peace talks.

The Minister said Australia has provided strong support to the Solomon Islands peace process in the past, particularly through the ADF's maritime presence in Honiara during June and July with the HMAS MANOORA and HMAS TOBRUK. As with the current deployment of HMAS NEWCASTLE, these ships provided a neutral venue for negotiations.

"We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops," Mr Moore said. "The Australian Government wishes to encourage the Solomon Islands parties to resolve their substantive issues in a peaceful, cooperative manner, and in accordance with the Solomon Islands Constitution.

"Australia has a long history of close and cooperative involvement in the South Pacific. We support defence and strategic relationships with South Pacific states through comprehensive dialogue on defence and security issues, and a long-term Defence Cooperation Program.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

ALSO:

For NZ, It Was May 6: Earth Overshoot Day 2019 Is The Earliest Ever

Humanity is currently using nature 1.75 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. This is akin to using 1.75 Earths... More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: More Manus Refugees Fly To US But Hundreds Still In Limbo

“The US deal was never going to provide enough places for the refugees Australia has held on Manus and Nauru. There are over 1800 refugees needing resettlement,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. More>>

ALSO: