The Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) has recently endorsed an inquiry into the ongoing saga by the executive arm of government of a possible severance of diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Parliament Media reports, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Peter Kenilorea Junior said his Committee has the mandate under the parliamentary standing orders to examine, make observations and recommendations that relate to severing of existing ties as well as the government’s general conduct of its foreign policy.

This mandate is stipulated under Standing Orders 71 (B) of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands.

Hon. Kenilorea said the severance of diplomatic ties is a solemn and serious act which has international repercussions as well as domestic implications.

Hearing with stakeholders from the government, including the various task forces that have been set up, non-government and civil society organisations will be convened on 4-5 September 2019.

The proposed venue of the hearing is at the National Parliament Conference Room and a report of the inquiry with relevant recommendations will be forwarded to Parliament.

By Charlie Salini

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