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Solomon Islands. 2001 ‘Complete Disarmament.’ National Report of the Solomon Islands on its Implementation of the United Nations Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons In All Its Aspects (UNPoA). New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the Solomon Islands to the United Nations. 10 July
As the victim of a two-years long inter-ethnic crisis in which small arms were used, and unfortunately are still in circulation, my country attaches significant importance to the problem of small arms and light weapons.
Our immediate priority and challenge is to achieve a complete disarmament or surrender of the more than 500 weapons used during the unrest. Most of these weapons were stolen from police armories and some were made or reconstructed from World War II relics.
The Signing of the Townsville Peace Agreement on 15 October last year led to a ceasefire between the parties and provided a framework for a peaceful settlement. A month later, the UN Security Council issued a statement welcoming the Agreement, which was circulated as a Council document.
The Agreement provides for the surrender of weapons under the supervision of a Peace Monitoring Group. Since late last year, the Group consisting mainly of unarmed personnel from Australia and New Zealand has worked closely with our national Peace Monitoring Council to facilitate the surrender of arms from former militants. Progress unfortunately has been very slow and the results not so encouraging…