Peace building initiatives must be continuous: PM Hou

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BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE

PEACE building initiatives that are continuous and well-grounded in existing government capacities are vital for peace development.

Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela referred to this as one of Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s (SIDCCG) four categories of efforts to sustaining peace in the country.

He stated that his government endorsed the communique from last year’s national dialogue, supported resolutions from the provincial dialogue and also supported the Women Summit and Youth Forum.

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“This is in addition to the TRC recommendations. We are adopting key resolutions from the communique in the SIDCCG policy programme, especially in the interest of accelerating inclusive development and maintaining stability”, he said.

Prime Minister Houenipwela also emphasized that development of the peacebuilding strategy will be critical for purpose of implementing peacebuilding initiatives.

He however expressed that the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report, findings from public consultations and outcome of the national and provincial dialogues held last year will all contribute to the present peacebuilding programme and development of the peacebuilding strategy in the future.

The Prime Minister stressed this whilst speaking at the launch last week at the Heritage Park Hotel to mark UN’s second peace program in the country to be implemented by UNDP and UN Women in partnership with PMO, MNURP (Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace) and other relevant partners.

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