SOLOMONS PM CONFIDENT ABOUT PEACE AGREEMENT

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (July 6, 1999 Radio Australia)---Solomon Island's Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu has told Radio Australia's "Pacific Beat" program that he is confident the Honiara Peace Accord will hold.

The accord follows 10 months of tension between Malaitans, who were driven out of Guadalcanal over land and economic issues, and Guadalcanal islanders.

Ulufa'alu said the key to the success of the accord will be the ability of Guadalcanal leaders to achieve unity within their own community.

"I have all the confidence that the peace deal will hold," Skate said. "But the onus is on the people of Guadalcanal, especially all leaders in all walks of life.

"The onus is on them to be united in their cause," the Prime Minister stressed.

FIJI AND VANUATU TO PROVIDE DISARMAMENT ASSISTANCE TO SOLOMONS

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (July 5, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Officials in the Fiji and Vanuatu governments have agreed to a Solomon Islands request to supervise the disarmament of militants on Guadalcanal.

Commonwealth special envoy, Fiji’s former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, who brokered last week's peace agreement between Guadalcanal and Malaita islanders battling over land rights and political power, said the support from Fiji and Vanuatu would go a long way toward permanently resolving the ethnic tension on Guadalcanal.

Minister of State Alfred Sasako also announced that the French Government has provided funding for food, tents and farming supplies to help those displaced by the Guadalcanal unrest.

Meantime, Police Commissioner Frank Short has reported that militant activity continues to be reported in some parts of eastern and western Guadalcanal despite the acceptance of the Honiara Peace Accord by the militants.

He said there were several incidents in which people were held at gunpoint.

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