Edwin Suibaea said the decision made by Solomon Islands UN ambassador Collin Beck will indirectly affect the ongoing programmes Israel is implementing in the province.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU),
Israel will assist the province with technical expertise to establish three
Industrial Parks at Kadabina (North), Foumamanu (East) and Liwe (South).
The Government further sealed an agreement
with Israeli Government at the 43 Pacific Islands Forum in Cook Islands, to
extend its programmes throughout the country.
Mr Suibaea said the Israeli Government was not
happy with the decision.
thing is the impact the decision will have locally,” he said.
the decision was not in the interest of Solomon Islands.
with Israel are to contain the 160,000 population of Malaita by creating
employment with the proposed Industrial Parks.
people of Malaita will participate in economic activities on their home soil
and generate their own incomes.
the outcome of the voting, what will the national government provide for
Malaitans,” he questioned.
Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo when questioned in Parliament yesterday on the
matter defended the Government’s decision.
said the vote was taken base on a unanimous notion to restore peace
between the two warring neighbours.
said the vote was not against Israel, but a positive move towards ensuring a
assured the nation that the Government’s bilateral relationship with Israel is
his answer contradicted Minister of Foreign Affair Clay Forau who said Solomon
Islands position before the UN voting was to support Israel.
Solomon Islands joined hands with 137 to 9, with 41 abstentions of countries around the world to vote for UN’s recognition for Palestine at the UN as an "entity” to a "non-member observer state".
In a historic session at the United Nations in New York last Thursday, exactly 65 years after passing the Partition Plan for Palestine, the General Assembly voted by a huge majority to recognise Palestine within the 1967 borders as a non-member state with observer status in the organisation.
By Eddie Osifelo
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