PACIFIC NATIONS URGED TO MARRY TRADITIONAL AND MODERN LAWS

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LONDON, England (January 5, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The London-based human rights group Amnesty International is urging Pacific Island countries to marry modern and traditional laws to settle conflicts.

Amnesty says a number of conflicts remain unresolved in the region, from West Papua, to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, the Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Spokesman Heinz Shurmann Zeggel said it is his hope that this year will see a number of those problems resolved on a long-term basis.

"Serious attempts by serious people" must be made, he said, "to look beyond the affairs of the day and the politics of the day."

Mr. Zeggel said he wants leaders to evaluate "how the values of the traditional systems of custom systems of resolving conflict can be used without violating international law" and without violating human rights.

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