The Solomon Islands comprise of about one thousand islands in the Pacific Ocean to the east of Papua New Guinea. A British Protectorate since 1893 it achieved self government in 1976 followed by full independence in 1978. Its capital Honiara is on the island of Guadalcanal.
Bougainville Island although geographically part of the Solomons is part of Papua - New Guinea. This status has caused much friction between the two neighbours.
A senior civil servant from Papua New Guinea is facing dismissal when during a powerpoint presentation to a delegation from the Solomon Islands explicit pornographic images "flashed" across the screen.