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UPDATED: 13:31, June 08, 2006
Solomon Islands remains a post-conflict society: RAMSI
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For all that has been achieved over the past three years in Solomon Islands, the country remains a post-conflict society, said James Batley, the regional coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

According to Thursday's report from PACNEWS, a Suva-based news agency, Batley said that Solomon Islands has not fully recovered from the crisis which the nation underwent in the early part of this decade.

"The task of rebuilding peace is a serious challenge. The lack of trust between communities continues to affect national life," said Batley speaking in the country's Parliament.

The Solomon Islands, a former British protectorate in the Pacific, is striving to recover from a civil conflict that brought it to the brink of collapse.

More than 90 percent of the islanders are ethnic Melanesians, but there has been intense and bitter rivalry between the Isatabus on Guadalcanal and migrant Malaitans from the neighboring island.

Batley said without good management and serious reforms, the economy was at grave risk of going backwards.

"That will affect government revenue, and that, in turn, will affect the government's ability to provide services to the population," said Batley.

Batley said the task of rebuilding capacity, of individuals and of institutions, remains a critical one.

"Solomon Islands cannot survive as a nation without strong institutions, and without capable people to run them," said Butley.

Source: Xinhua

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