NEW ZEALAND’S CLARK SAYS SOLOMONS WORK JUST BEGUN

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NEW ZEALAND’S CLARK SAYS SOLOMONS WORK JUST BEGUN

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 24) - New Zealand Prime
Minister Helen Clark says in doing its work, the Regional Assistance Mission to
Solomon Islands must continue to maintain the support of local residents.

Clark has completed a brief tour of security forces in the
Solomons, where she announced a US$595,000 contribution to the cost of providing
electricity to the country’s capital of Honiara.

However Miss Clark has warned if any doubts exist among locals
about RAMSI’s methods or motives then the mission would not succeed.

Miss Clark says the most difficult stage of the mission is
approaching.

"The tough part of the job that is only just beginning is
getting the Solomon Islands' finances in good shape and starting to work with
the donor community on the National Economic Development and Recovery
Plan," she said. "In addition there has been a lot of lost years in
Education and Helth policy and service, and that needs to be put to rights as
soon as possible."

September 24, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

 

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