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National dialogue is what we get from the Prime Minister’s UN trip

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has delivered on his week-long visit to the United Nations, promising a two-day National Dialogue on sustaining peace and stability to be convened in Honiara from June 19.

The Dialogue is being jointly organised by the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs with support from the UN Peacebuilding Project.

It will be held in Honiara from June 19 – 20, 2017.

The Office of the Prime Minister took out a full page paid advertisement in Tuesday’s paper to announce the measure.

“Prime Minister … Sogavare will host this dialogue which will be attended by Members of Parliament, Premiers of all Provinces, women, and youth and community leaders. The Prime Minister has also invited international stakeholders as observers,” the advertisement said.

The most notable absence in the list of participants are the ex-militants who were recently engaged by the government to collect weapons still out in the community.

“This national dialogue presents an opportunity for recommendations emerging from previous dialogues as well as studies commissioned to date will be synthesized and reflected upon, to allow for stakeholders to come together to discuss solutions to various challenges facing the country.

“It will also provide overview of the country’s path over the past decade towards sustaining peace and stability and highlight issues and recommendations by national stakeholders, including women and youth to further accelerate socio-economic development, governance, rule of law and reconciliation in the country,” the full-page advert said.

“As the outcome of this dialogue, leaders and participants will build consensus and reaffirm their commitments towards the implementation of some of the recommendations for sustaining peace and addressing development challenges which will be captured in a communiqué.”