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Alpers, Philip. 2005 ‘Guns and the Pacific.’ Gun-running in Papua New Guinea: From arrows to assault weapons in the Southern Highlands; Special Report No. 5, p. 32. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 July
In the widespread debate that surrounded the dispatch of the multinational armed intervention force to the Solomon Islands in July 2003, and without apparent dispute, illicit guns were seen as the most immediate impediment to that nation's recovery and redevelopment.
Nothing was accorded more urgency than the drive to collect and destroy firearms and ammunition. Achieved with the conspicuous support of civil society, the Solomon Islands weapon-collection initiative is now seen as a rare and notable success.
In the Pacific, there is broad consensus among governments,donor agencies, and civil society that disarmament and the security or destruction of small arms are essential prerequisites for human security, future development, good health, and prosperity.