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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, May 3) – The newly-established nongovernmental organization Transparency Solomon Islands has warned that the next stage of work facing the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will be more difficult that its early success in stabilizing law and order.

Transparency chairman Tony Hughes says RAMSI's initial success is a big and welcome step in the right direction. However, he said the next stage will be difficult as it challenges those involved in corruption, many of whom occupy significant positions of power.

He says Transparency Solomon Islands is working closely with RAMSI and other aid donors on how best to achieve this next difficult task.

Mr Hughes says it is important for all Solomon Islanders to support local anti-corruption institutions such as the Ombudsman's Office and the Leadership Code Commission, in their fight against corrupt leaders, public servants and business people.

May 4, 2004

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