URBAN POVERTY CITED IN HONIARA RIOT PROBE

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Feb. 10) – The commission of inquiry into the 2006 riots in Solomon Islands says urban poverty has played a key role in sparking unrest around the Pacific in recent years.

The inquiry is investigating the causes of the political riots that led to widespread arson attacks in the Chinatown business district in the capital, Honiara.

Radio Australia reports that commission chair, Brian Brunton, says many Pacific governments are too focused on rural development, and overlooking problems in urban areas.

He said poverty in urban settlements is a key factor in the underlying causes of rioting and that around the world for the past three decades.

He said politicians have routinely ignored urban poverty.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

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