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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Pacific Instability stall development: UN

The United Nations resident representative in the Pacific says the foundation of stability in the region depends on how people are involved in the decision making process in their country.

Richard Dictus made the comments when he was asked about the UN assessment on political stability in the Pacific.

Mr Dictus said political instability in the region, including Solomon Islands in the recent past has stalled development in many Pacific Island nations.

"There is a lot more clear thinking in pacific islands governments and with pacific island people on the importance of law and order, on the importance of stability, on the importance of peace. I guess that sometimes having had to go through a number of difficult periods focuses the mind a lot more, and I think its the resilience of the people, the resourcefulness of the people and the understanding of the people that they have now, that will indeed make sure that things move forward."

Mr Dictus said the U-N role in the Pacific is to ensure that the development would improve the lives of the people.

source: SIBC Online

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