SOLOMONS CONTINUES TO WORK TOWARDS STATE GOVERNMENTS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (May 14, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---Continuing work on a state government system is part of current government efforts to develop a governance system that best suits the country, Solomon Islands Minister for National Unity, Peace and Reconciliation Allan Kemakeza said.

He was speaking during a function to mark the presentation of the Draft State Constitution of Isabel.

Mr. Kemakeza, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said a state government system is both the wish of the people and an obligation stipulated under the Townsville Peace Agreement. The agreement ended two years of Guadalcanal-Malaita ethnic conflict.

He praised the Ministry of Provincial Government for its quick action in ensuring that provincial governments work on their respective state government systems.

Mr. Kemakeza also congratulated Isabel Province for completing its Draft State Constitution within the time given by the Minister for Provincial Governments, Nathaniel Waena.

Mr. Kemakeza said the country must provide some degree of flexibility to allow for the peoples' differences to be recognized and appreciated.

He added that it's through knowing the differences that people appreciate and accept one another in the diverse culture of Solomon Islands.

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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