Solomons PM rejects joining Australia's refugee plan
SUVA, Fiji (AFP) - The Solomon Islands on Tuesday said it had rejected a request from Australia to accept asylum-seekers as part of Canberra's so-called "Pacific solution" to deal with refugee boatpeople.
Solomons Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo said Canberra had approached him about sending asylum-seekers for processing but he had dismissed the idea.
"No, we will never consider that. It was informally put to us and I rejected it," he told reporters in Fiji.
"I basically said to them, (asylum-seekers) have made a choice to go to Australia, they don't make a choice to come to the Solomons."