14 Oct 2002

Solomons churches mark the end of the Townsville Peace Agreement

6:03 pm on 14 October 2002

Solomon Islands churches have held thanksgiving services to mark the end of the Townsville Peace Agreement and the Peace Monitoring Council.

The agreement was signed two years ago to end ethnic fighting on Guadalcanal.

George Atkin reports

"the services initiated by the minister of national unity reconciliation and peace, Nathaniel Waena were held at the weekend. He says the TPA and the PMC which end tomorrow have given significant progress towards the peace and disarmament process therefore it was necessary to call for the thanks giving services. Mr Waena says although there have been failures under the TPA he joins a number that are prepared to let the failures be a thing of the past and it is time for Solomon Islanders to look to the future in rebuilding their country. Meanwhile he says the peace monitoring council will as from tomorrow cease to operate as it will be replaced with a peace and justice council to continue to carry out what the latter has been doing"