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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (August 27, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Commonwealth Special Envoy to the Solomon Islands, Sitiveni Rabuka, has briefed Vanuatu Prime Minister Donald Kalpokas on the latest situation in the Solomons.

Rabuka negotiated a peace agreement called the Panatina Peace Accords, which has stopped the recent ethnic clashes on Guadalcanal between local residents and immigrants from neighboring Malaita over land, jobs and political power.

He assured the Vanuatu leader that all parties in the conflict, especially the police and the militants, are committed to a peaceful settlement.

Rabuka said indications are that normalcy is slowly returning to Guadalcanal, with people coming out of their hiding places to conduct everyday business.

Fiji and Vanuatu are waiting for the Solomon Islands Government to finalize the arrangement for the proposed Multinational Police Peace Monitoring Group to monitor the arms withdrawal.

The group is expected to include personnel from Fiji, Vanuatu and other Pacific countries.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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