World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Solomons Ceasefire Under Threat

USP Pacific Journalism Online: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/ USP Journalism on the Fiji crisis (UTS host): http://www.journalism.uts.edu.au/
USP Pasifik Nius stories on Scoop (NZ): http://www.scoop.co.nz/international.htm Have your say: http://www.TheGuestBook.com/vgbook/109497.gbook

By Duran Angiki

GIZO, Solomon Islands: Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) members yesterday failed to honour a clause of the ceasefire agreement between the warring parties on Guadalcanal refusing to hand-over the armoury in Honiara back to the Solomon Islands police.

The proposed handing over of the armoury was part of the ceasefire also signed by the Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM), aiming at giving back the role of restoring law and order in Honiara back into the hands of police.

But sources close to the government and Honiara police confirmed that the immediate implementation of that clause of the agreement had caused major tension between members of the militia and police.

As a result, it defeated the government intention of bringing confidence into the process of restoring normalcy and peace back to the country.

A government spokesman yesterday said the government was closely monitoring the impasse and hoping that an understanding would be reached.

While the MEF action undermined its commitment to the agreement, other criminal activities caused by ethnic Malaitans had also threatened to flare up.

Over the weekend, armed ethnic Malaitans severely beat two men from the Western Solomons in Honiara.

A relative of the victims yesterday confirmed that the armed Malaitans had beaten up the men purely on the ground that they were from the Western Solomons.

This new development had caused a general panic in the Western Solomons community in Honiara.

She said certain Malaitans who had allegedly fled the Western Solomons, claiming to be under threat while there, were now leading and carrying out the criminal activities.

The relative said criminal ethnic Malaitans were only finding ways of hassling people as an easy way of getting money from innocent people.

She said a lot of people from Western Solomons had already fell victims in the hands of these criminals.

A similar group of ethnic Malaitans also held up the Western Solomons ferry at Honiara wharf over the weekend, the MV Tomoko, and threatened to damage it.

The group demanded SID$1,000, which the captain finally paid.

General Manager of Transwest Shipping Ltd, Nelso Koroi said the same group of ethnic Malaitans yesterday (Monday) again went and demanded an additional SID$5,000.

He said the group went to the managing director of the company in Honiara and threatens him and as a result the management decided to pay the demand.

Due to action against the lives of company’s crew, managing director and the boat, the management decided to cancel the weekly trip of the boat to Honiara indefinitely starting this week.

Western Solomons Deputy Premier, Steven Bero, yesterday (Monday) strongly condemned the criminals action and appeal to the government to do something about it.

Western Solomon could only deal with Malaitans claim for compensation if it done within the spirit and framework of the Munda Accord.

In 1999 premiers of Malaita and Western Solomons signed an agreement aiming at addressing problems caused by the illegal settling of Malaitans in parts of Western Solomons.

Prior to the signing of the agreement, many Malaitan settlers in the Western Solomons fled, claiming that people from the province had threatened them.

According to Bero, the accord provides the mechanism by which compensation for any damage or loss of property in the Western Solomons could be dealt with.

He said the recent action by the criminals could only breed hatred between people of ethnic Malaitans and the Western Solomons.

+++niuswire

This document is for educational and research use only. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright source before reprinting. PASIFIK NIUS service is provided by the niusedita via the Journalism Program, University of the South Pacific. Please acknowledge Pasifik Nius: niusedita@pactok.net.au http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/nius/index.html


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC