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Friday, August 22, 2008

Solomons PM announces an award of the Cross of Solomon Islands to honour late Greg Urwin

Solomon Islands prime minister Dr Derek Sikua announced at the Leaders' retreat in Niue that a "Cross of Solomon Islands" will be posthumously awarded to late Greg Urwin, the former Secretary General of the Forum Secretary who passed away on 9th August after several months of illness, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to RAMSI.

The Cross of Solomon Islands is the highest civilian award in Solomon Islands. This is in recognition of the late Urwin’s efforts in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

At the Leaders’ retreat, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also offred to fund the establishment, through the Forum, of five Annual Leadership Awards, to be awarded by the Forum, its Chair and the Secretariat, in the name of Greg Urwin.

In the final Communique issued at the end of the Leaders’ retreat they acknowledged the late Mr Urwin’s commitment and outstanding contribution to the political, economic and social development of the Pacific region.

Source: PIFS

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