Rodgers: gov’t remains focus - Solomon Star News

Rodgers: gov’t remains focus

06 September 2019
Dr Jimmy Rodgers.

THE Sogavare-led government remains focus as they continue to wait for the report from the bi-partisan taskforce on whether to switch from Taiwan to China.

Secretary to Prime Minister Dr Jimmy Rodgers stated this when he appeared before the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) hearing on the issue, Wednesday.

“I believe Prime Minister Sogavare is aware of all the discussions and debate surrounding this issue but chose to be steadfast as the report is yet to be presented to him,” Rodgers told the hearing.

Asked if the government is split on the issue, he replied: there is no evidence of a government split at the moment.

“But this is just my observation at this stage.”

He further added that it’s too early to say the government is split.

But Rodgers added if the government will split over this issue then it should happen after the Cabinet thoroughly discusses the report.

He also admitted that this is a complex issue and Sogavare will handle this in the best interest of the country.

Sogavare previously stated the current review of our diplomatic ties with Taiwan is a process taking place under the DCGA Policy Statement on the basis of being a friend to all and enemy to none. 

 “The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DGCA) is a coalition government that’s made up of four political parties whose interest is for the government to conduct a due diligence on the One China Policy before a decision is made,” Sogavare said.

“The majority of the government is united on the way forward in relation to the matter and that decisions will be made on the China-Taiwan question when the findings of the Task- Force and other reports are submitted to Caucus and Cabinet.

“Any decision that will be made on the China- Taiwan question should not and will not be in the interest of an individual or a single political grouping

“Government decision must be and will be a collective decision that will be in the best interests of this nation and its citizens,” the prime minister said.