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Solomon Islands    DOMINICANS ASK AUSTRALIA TO MEDIATE IN SOLOMONS
Australia should undertake a mediation role in the Solomon Islands conflict, the Dominican Provincial Fr Thomas Cassidy has told the Prime Minister.
    In a letter to John Howard, Fr Cassidy said: "We have listened to our four friars present in the Solomon Islands and they think that in the Melanesian society, where two groups find themselves in conflict, the best solution is that of having a third party as a mediator."
    The friars presented their views at a meeting last week of the province that covers Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
    Fr Cassidy continued: "In agreement with our brothers in the Solomon Islands we are asking for the Australian government to undertake the role of mediator."
    The letter was also sent by the Provincial of the Dominicans to the New Zealand Prime Minister, to the ministers of foreign affairs of Australia and New Zealand, to the Presidents of the Conferences of Bishops of Australia and New Zealand and to the Conference of Australian Superiors.
   
Vidimus Dominum
   
19 July 00



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