Townsville Peace Agreement
Despite the agreement, no promises of money were made by the Howard government, which had previously cut off all aid until a ceasefire was signed. Before the meeting opened, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer personally warned delegates that Solomon Islands would disintegrate if the talks failed. In a radio interview that followed, he said: “Solomon Islands is on the brink. Its economy collapsed. Its exports have largely disappeared. We are very careful that this peace process can be crowned with success. A dozen commanders of the two militias have signed the peace agreement negotiated over the past six days in the northern Australian city of Townsville. TOWNSVILLE, Australia (15.