CANBERRA: Foreign international locations are accountable for stoking unrest that has led to violent protests within the Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare mentioned on Friday (Nov 26), as the small South Pacific island nation struggles to quell the unrest.
Sogavare declared a 36-hour lockdown within the nation’s capital, Honiara, on Wednesday as authorities struggled to cease widespread looting and forestall protesters from burning buildings.
Many of the protesters have come from probably the most populous province Malaita, the place many really feel missed by the federal government within the wake of its opposition to the Solomon Islands’ 2019 resolution to finish diplomatic ties with Taiwan and set up formal hyperlinks with China.
Sogavare mentioned that the anger has been stoked by unnamed foreign international locations.
“I feel sorry for my people in Malaita because they are fed with false and deliberate lies about the switch,” Sogavare informed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“These very countries that are now influencing Malaita are the countries that don’t want ties with the People’s Republic of China, and they are discouraging Solomon Islands to enter into diplomatic relations and to comply with international law and the United Nations resolution.”
Sogavare declined to call the international locations, as protests continued to grip the Solomon Islands.