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Solomon Islands independence



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MINISTER FOR

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

NEWS RELEASE

3 July 1978 THE HON. ANDREW PEACOCK M.P.

.SOLOMON ISLANDS INDEPENDENCE

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Andrew Peacock, will represent the Australian Government at the Solomon . Islands Independence Day celebrations in Honiara on 7 July,

Mr Peacock said today that the coming of independence for the Solomon Islands, one of Australia's nearest neighbours, would mean a new member of the Commonwealth in the South Pacific region. It would also become a full member of the

South Pacific Forum and its presence in both organisations would add to their strength.

, The Solomon Islands had achieved independence as the result of an orderly constitutional process. This was typical of the South Pacific way and was an example for other dependent territories in the process of moving to independence.

Mr Peacock said that Australia had close and friendly ties with the Solomon Islands and that he looked forward with confidence to the further development of this relationship.