New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark farewells troops and police leaving for the Solomon Islands from Townsville, Australia, in July 2003. The joint force included personnel from Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Australia and New Zealand. Clark described the force as 'a Pacific solution ... it is important that our involvement is handled in a Pacific way. We must be sympathetic to the interests and needs of the Solomon Islands people. Our approach must be low key and helpful, and enable the Solomon Islands to build the capability to progress their own development' (speech, 24 July 2003, http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0307/S00434.htm).
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Photograph by Dean Purcell
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