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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Text of Pacific Beat report by Radio Australia on 11 May
Australia's annual budget describes Papua New Guinea [PNG] and the Solomon Islands as fragile states. The budget, released in Canberra last night, says PNG and the Solomons highlight the challenges faced by fragile states in the Pacific. The foreign minister, Alexander Downer, announced that a Fragile States Initiative will bring together all aspects of Australian work in the Pacific. Covering aid, security, economic and political issues.
Mr Downer says a single dedicated unit will look at both the strategic and operational issues involved in fragile states in the region. The foreign minister is speaking with …