WAENA CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT, CHURCH AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN SOLOMONS TO WORK

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (December 27, 2001 – Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation)---Churches and civil society have an important role to play in helping the government carry out its work.

Speaking to SIBC, Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, Nathaniel Waena, said he will arrange a meeting with the heads of churches and the leaders of civil society to discuss what he would like them to do to help the government.

Mr. Waena added that he would listen to their reactions to his plan, because he said he felt the leaders of the two groups, together with government, could help resolve the nation’s problems.

He appealed to the members of civil society not to talk too much to the media, saying it is time to cooperate with the government in addressing the problems of the ordinary citizen in the Solomon Islands.

Mr. Waena said the challenge of both civil society and the government is to address the problems of those who lost their properties during the years of ethnic tension on Guadalcanal and the problems that the country currently faces.

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