25 April 2006

Secretary-General Concerned over Civil Disturbances in Solomon Islands Following Election of Prime Minister

NEW YORK, 24 April (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General expresses concern over civil disturbances in the Solomon Islands following the election of the Prime Minister on 18 April 2006.  He calls on the people of Solomon Islands to refrain from acts of violence and reaffirm their commitment to a peaceful and constitutional resolution of their differences in a spirit of goodwill, which they convincingly demonstrated during the general elections.  He welcomes the assistance provided to the Government of the Solomon Islands by the Pacific Islands Forum through the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) to restore order.  The Secretary-General stands ready to complement the efforts of regional partners.

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