Minister Veke stands by comments made on social media

He encouraged his rivals on social media to unite against those trying to destabilize the unity of the Solomon Islands “rather than being brainwashed to further the interests of outside forces in these trying times”.

Police Minister Anthony Veke said he stands by his comments on social media regarding a post containing a letter from the President of the Federated State of Micronesia (FSM) to the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands asking the Government of the Islands Solomon to withdraw its security agreement with China.

In a press release, Veke said his comments were his own and did not reflect any official response from the Solomon Islands government.

He said he is a Solomonic and like any other Solomonic has personal opinions on issues that affect the country.

Veke said that while the FSM President has the right, as a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, to express his views to the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands regarding the security agreement, “it should not be dissuaded from respecting the sovereignty of the Solomon Islands”.

Veke said his comments were made in light of the problem of climate change, which he said “all Pacific island countries, including FSMs, should ask for help to cope rather than island countries of the Pacific embark on the geopolitical standoff that is currently sweeping the Region.”

The police minister said those who rush to ask him to apologize are “vacillating on other issues rather than defending the sovereignty of their own country”.

“My comments are my own as a Solomon Islands national and do not reflect the government’s overall position or my position as Crown Minister on the subject of the debate and I will not apologize for them. I am simply expressing my point of view and they also express their own, so what is it?, says Veke.

He encouraged his rivals on social media to unite against those trying to destabilize the unity of the Solomon Islands “rather than being brainwashed to further the interests of outside forces in these trying times”.

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