Solomon Islands - Leadership



Kemakeza, a deeply religious Christian, has sought to bring peace to the Solomons by bringing about reconciliation between the various ethnic groups. In his cabinet he has appointed former supporters (and possibly members) of both the major paramilitary groups that fought in the 1999–2000 civil conflict. He has attempted to fulfill the obligations of the Townsville accord, the most difficult of which has been the collection of weapons from the still heavily armed paramilitary groups. The accord offered the paramilitaries amnesty in exchange for the return of weapons they had looted in 2000.

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