Wednesday, 19 October 2011 8:29 AM

Ex-Combatants Attend Peace Building Meeting

Former ex-combatant commanders, Jimmy Lusibaea and Andrew Te`e, are currently in Juba, South Sudan, for the G7-plus meeting for fragile states on Peace-building and State-building.

Solomon Star Newspaper reports the two are part of the Government's delegation led by Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, Hypolite Taremae.

The delegation which left Honiara last week also includes National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace Permanent Secretary, Joy Kere and Ministry of Aid Coordination officer, Cornelius Walegerea.

Solomon Star reports Minister for Finance Gordon Darcy Lilo, who was to lead the delegation changed his plans because of the national budget preparation.

Minister Lilo was quoted by the paper as saying this G7-plus Ministerial Retreat will bring together Ministers and high-level representatives from the 17 G7-plus member countries.

He said during this meeting the work of the G7-plus working groups will be consolidated in the lead up to the 4th High Level Forum in Busan, South Korea.

He said the attendance of Mr. Lusibaea and Mr. Te'e will help bring to light issues affecting the country during the conflict.

The theme for the dialogue in Juba is: "Moving from Fragility to Development".

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