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Yearbook 1999

Solomon Islands. According to Countryaah official website, the area around the capital Honiara on the island of Guadalcanal was plagued during the first half of the year by severe ethnic contradictions. An armed militant group campaigned against immigrants from the island of Malaita and demanded back land on which they settled and complained that they were taking jobs from the locals. Several people were killed and many injured in the violence, and thousands of the inmates fled the island. In June, the authorities imposed an emergency permit on Guadalcanal and Fiji's former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka was commissioned to mediate the conflict. According to an agreement concluded between the provincial governments of Guadalcanal and Malaita, the armed group would disband and relinquish its weapons. But new violence followed with more deaths. In August, however, a new peace agreement was signed.

1999 Solomon Islands

In July, the government signed a contract with a Malaysian forest company that was authorized to cut down 10,000 ha of rain forest on the island of Vangunu. Oil palm trees should then be planted in the area.

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