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Vanuatu

Vanuatu between the government and the Solomon Islands Public Employee Union, which started in September, was still unresolved. Public employees had requested a pay rise, which was approved by Cabinet, but then turned down by the prime minister. This issued spilled over into 2004. While much of the media coverage and commentaries on Solomon Islands concentrated on the negative impacts of the civil unrest, the events of the past five years have also had a positive twist: they have forced Solomon Islanders to come to terms with the challenges of building a nation-state out of culturally and ethnically plural societies, and reflect on the social, political, and economic challenges for the future. GovernorGeneral Sir John Lapli, for instance, said that among the "pillars of national unity and nation building" must be "good beneficial reasons for people of diverse and scattered islands of Solomon Islands to want to belong to this country." The reasons for staying together, the governor-general said, "must be sound, attainable, sustainable and tolerated by these diverse people" (sibc, 23 Sept 2003). Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, 27­30 October. _. 2003. Forum Communiqué. 34th Pacific Islands Forum, Auckland, New Zealand, 14­16 August. sibc, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation. sig, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

between the government and the Solomon Islands Public Employee Union, which started in September, was still unresolved. Public employees had requested a pay rise, which was approved by Cabinet, but then turned down by the prime minister. This issued spilled over into 2004. While much of the media coverage and commentaries on Solomon Islands concentrated on the negative impacts of the civil unrest, the events of the past five years have also had a positive twist: they have forced Solomon Islanders to come to terms with the challenges of building a nation-state out of culturally and ethnically plural societies, and reflect on the social, political, and economic challenges for the future. GovernorGeneral Sir John Lapli, for instance, said that among the "pillars of national unity and nation building" must be "good beneficial reasons for people of diverse and scattered islands of Solomon Islands to want to belong to this country." The reasons for staying together, the governor-general said, "must be sound, attainable, sustainable and tolerated by these diverse people" (sibc, 23 Sept 2003). Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, 27­30 October. _. 2003. Forum Communiqué. 34th Pacific Islands Forum, Auckland, New Zealand, 14­16 August. sibc, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation. sig,

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 31, 2004

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