SOLOMONS CHURCHES CALL FOR LAW AND ORDER

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Mar. 26) - All Christians in Solomon Islands have been called on to assist the government in finding a lasting solution to the country's existing law and order problem.

Father Henry Meke of the Church of Melanesia who comes from East Kwaio says since Christians make up for more than two-thirds of the population, it is only proper to call on them to enforce the campaign for full restoration of law and order in the country.

Father Meke says the 1999 population census indicated that members of the five main churches which form the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA) represent 370,000 of the country’s total population of 400,000.

Father Meke says this clearly indicates that most people involved in reckless behavior such as carrying arms and other criminal activities are members to any of the five churches.

The SICA members are the Church of Melanesia, Roman Catholic, South Seas Evangelical Church, Seventh Day Adventist and Wesley United Church.

Father Meke says the churches have a duty to assist Government especially the national Peace council to recover uncollected weapons and fully participate in the post ethnic conflict rehabilitation process.

Father Meke says the churches need to engage some of their religious groups to engage in missions to convince their own church members who may be be holding on to arms to return them.

He says Government and the National Peace Council must be given moral and practical support in an endeavor to return Solomon Islands to full normalcy.

March 27, 2003

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