31 Jul 2002

Weapons free villages in Solomons to be recognized tomorrow

7:04 pm on 31 July 2002

The Solomon Islands Peace Monitoring Council will tomorrow declare two villages "Weapons Free" in its latest effort to remove guns from the community.

The villages are Tamboko on Guadalcanal and Buma on Malaita and the declarations will be broadcast live on the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

The Deputy Chairman of the PMC, Sir Peter Kenilorea, has praised the achievement, saying it sets a shining example for others to follow.

He says while the PMC has few resources, it hopes to be able to give the communities something to acknowledge the commitment they have made to the peace process.

"We would be looking towards providing some kind of sporting equipment for the youth of that community, or maybe providing some assistance towards eh, schools in the community , as they have declared themselves absolutely free of weapons."

Sir Peter :Kenilorea.

He says where possible they are using their monitors to determine that the communities are weapons free, but to an extent they have to take the villagers' word for it.