PM Sogavare calls for calm and respect

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called on the good citizens of Solomon Islands to remain calm and to respect each other.

In a statement issued on Thursday 25th April, Prime Minister Sogavare urged citizens to respect the rule of law and allow the new Government to continue with its work.

The Prime Minister said that yesterday’s events were unfortunate, but he thanked the RSIPF and all the community leaders and members of the public in and around Honiara for their efforts in calming the situation.

“Let us not allow our differences to divide us. Let us not threaten the peaceful co-existence that our people have embraced over the years. I know we are better than this,” he said.

“We must respect ourselves and especially our children and mothers who will be the most affected in these kinds of situations. I appeal to all good citizens in and around Honiara to respect each other,” he said.

The newly elected Prime Minister said his Government has heard the pleas of the people and assured the people these will not fall on deaf ears.

“We are a government for all peoples in our country. We are listening and we will continue to work towards addressing the concerns raised by the people,” he said.

Mr Sogavare said that this country had come a long way in reuniting its people and we should never again tread the path that can bring our country to its knees again.

Prime Minister Sogavare also called on all national leaders to unite and move our country forward.

“There is more that unites us than divides us and there are ways in which we can address our differences, and we must also respect these. My government will work with all of you to ensure that together, we can all move our beloved the country forward collectively,” he said.

The Prime Minister also said national leaders in this country have an obligation to its people.

“We must not allow differences in our political viewpoints and interests to derail us from our core responsibility of serving this nation and her people with commitment and dignity,” he said.

Prime Minister Sogavare was elected as the new Prime Minister of Solomon Islands on Wednesday 23rd April.

Upon his election, the Prime Minister said his Government has no time to waste as the Government is serious in getting to work.