INTENDING candidate, Alfred Sasako, has described as “pathetic and shallow” a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in response to a report he has published regarding last Wednesday’s visit to Honiara by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.
Quoting sources in Washington DC and Honiara, Mr Sasako’s report said that Secretary Kerry was here to demand a “please explain” from Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo who recently opened an embassy in Communist Cuba.
“The statement by the government lacks substance and in-depth understanding of global and regional issues, particularly those issues dealing with regional security,” Mr Sasako said.
“As a matter of fact I don’t expect anything of substance to come from the likes of Douglas Marau, a journalist still in his crib,” Mr Sasako added.
“If Marau has attended the John F Kennedy School of Government as I have he would know what he’s talking about.
“As it is, he has not and therefore whatever he says is purely laughable.
“Has Mr Marau forgotten that we are in a region described as the arc of instability?
“That is the concern that the United States has.
“By associating with Cuba and Indonesia to an extent, we are leaving our backdoor wide open for terrorists and others to infiltrate our nation.
“Do we have the resources to deal with these security concerns. Of course we don’t.”
Mr Sasako said with due respect, the statement by the Office of the Prime Minister and cabinet is not even worth the paper it’s written on.