Opposing intervention in the Solomon Islands
Statement adopted by the Sydney District Conference, Sunday June 29
This Sydney District Conference of the Communist Party of Australia condemns the announced decision of the Australian Government to intervene militarily, politically and economically in the sovereign State of the Solomon Islands. In this process, the Government is disregarding and violating the Charter of the United Nations and specifically weakening, by its actions, this organisation that was specifically set up to regulate international relations between sovereign states and to preserve peace. We see the Australian Government's action as an attempt to recolonise the Solomon Islands and subsequently to intervene in the internal affairs of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island states. The foreign policies outlined by Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, will inevitably bring Australia into conflict with the overwhelming number of nations of Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and even in Europe. This policy represents a major departure from the foreign policies adopted by Australia since WW2 and the establishment of the United Nations. We reject this fundamental foreign policy change and will oppose it in every way possible. It will not enhance Australia's security but undermine it.