The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, the Honourable Jeremiah Manele joins Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in conveying the heart felt condolence from the government and people of Solomon Islands’ to the family of the late H.E. Dr Balavu and to the Government and people of Papua New Guinea on the passing away of Papua New Guinea’s Acting High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.
The late Dr Balavu suffered a heart attack and was called to rest yesterday afternoon at Solomon Islands National Referral Hospital.
Prime Minister Sogavare conveyed the country’s sympathy to his PNG counterpart James Marape yesterday and acknowledged the good work, the late Dr Balavu had done in strengthening cordial relations between the two Melanesian neighbours since taking up his appointment in Solomon Islands last year.
The Government is working with the Papua New Guinea High Commission on all necessary arrangement to facilitate the smooth repatriation of the Casket of Papua New Guinea’s late Acting High Commissioner to Solomon Islands back to Papua New Guinea.
“May the soul of the late Dr John Balavu rest in eternal peace with our Almighty God and our Heavenly Father. May God’s Holy Spirit the Comforter be the source of strength and comfort to the late Dr. Balavu’s family and relatives during this difficult period,” a statement from Foreign Affairs said today.