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Solomon Islands Introduction - 2004
SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
The UK established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in the 1890s. Some of the bitterest fighting of World War II occurred on these islands. Self-government was achieved in 1976 and independence two years later. Ethnic violence, government malfeasance, and endemic crime have undermined stability and civil society. In June 2003, Prime Minister Sir Allen KEMAKEZA sought the assistance of Australia in reestablishing law and order; the following month, an Australian-led multinational force arrived to restore peace and disarm ethnic militias.
NOTE: The information regarding Solomon Islands on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Solomon Islands Introduction 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Solomon Islands Introduction 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.