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Alpers, Philip, Robert Muggah and Conor Twyford. 2004 ‘Trouble in Paradise: The Solomon Islands.’ Small Arms Survey 2004: Rights at Risk, p. 300. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 July

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The Solomon Islands

In all the international debate and preparation surrounding the Pacific's first solicited invasion [RAMSI], nothing was accorded more urgency by governments, the intervention force, development agencies, and news media than the drive to collect and destroy firearms and ammunition. The proliferation and misuse of firearms had long been identified as the most immediate impediment to recovery in the Solomon Islands, and there was to be no dispute about disarmament.

Five days after its arrival, the multinational RAMSI force launched a national weapon amnesty, followed by determined enforcement of a ban on private guns.

The most recent assessment of remaining small arms in the Solomon Islands had counted a high figure of 3,520 missing, illicit firearms (Muggah and Alpers, 2003).

Five months later, in January 2004, the RAMSI weapon surrender campaign had collected 3,713 small arms, 386 of which had been stolen three years earlier from police armouries (RAMSI, 2004). This brought the total to 6,000 guns surrendered since November 2000. Destruction followed quickly, with no exceptions.

[RAMSI = Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands]

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