For most of 1999
unstable situation has its origins in the migration of Malatians to the
larger island of Guadalcanal and their subsequent economic success. The
native Guadalcanal islanders resented this and these resentments grew to
the point of armed and organized violence.
new outbreaks of violence, nearby Fiji and Vanuatu offered to send police
to help with the situation. The British Commonwealth was asked to
provide France also offered
money to resettle the Malaitans.
For most of 1999, some Solomon islanders have formed into armed groups to kill
and terrorize migrants from the nearby island of Malita. Fiji politician
Sitiveni Rabuka arranged a cease fire in late June, but the Isiantabu
Freedom Fighters (IFF) would not accept the terms. In early July the IFF
again went on the offensive against the Malaita migrants. While fewer than
twenty people have been killed, there have been thousands of refugees
fleeing the areas under attack.