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MACHINE GUN ATTACK ON OFFICIAL'S HOME IN SOLOMON ISLANDS

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 24, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Solomon Islands police say the home of a senior government official has been attacked with machine gun fire.

They would not identify the official but the attack is believed to be related to ongoing civil unrest on the main island of Guadalcanal.

Police said the house was attacked at night while the occupants were sleeping and it was fortunate no one was killed or seriously injured.

Some of the bullets hit a child's pillow.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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NIUE TALKS WITH ROYAL TONGA, AIR RAROTONGA

ALOFI, Niue (April 23, 2001 -- Niue Economic Review/PINA Nius Online)---Air Rarotonga and Royal Tongan Airlines officials are holding talks with Niue's airline consultant Norman McFarlane this week.

Discussions center around link services to and from Nuku‘alofa in Tonga and Rarotonga.

It is understood that both airlines want some sort of subsidy for services based on previous passenger and freight loadings.

Royal Tongan Airlines now has its Shorts 360 aircraft released for resumption of services and Air Rarotonga has its SAAB 340 certificated for long haul over water flights.

Niue has been served by charter flights run by Air Fiji ever since Royal Tongan had to halt services last month because of financial and certification problems.

For additional reports from the Niue Economic Review, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Magazines/Journals/Niue Economic Review.

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MARSHALL ISLANDS’ MADDISON HOPES U.S. WILL CHANGE CLIMATE POLICY

MARSHALL ISLANDS’ MADDISON HOPES U.S. WILL CHANGE CLIMATE POLICY

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (April 13, 2001 – Marshall Islands Journal)---A top Marshall Islands official said it is hoped that the Bush administration will "come around" on the climate change issue.

Foreign Secretary Marie Maddison said a formal Marshall Islands government response to the Bush administration’s recent decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol process for addressing global climate change will be forthcoming in the next few days as the preparation of a national policy paper on climate change is nearly completed.

But, she added, the RMI government has already given the go-ahead for the RMI to approve the Kyoto Protocols that call for a modest reduction in greenhouse gasses in an effort to slow the impact of climate change.

While not directly addressing the Bush administration’s move – which has been criticized by many governments around the world – Maddison said that President...

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PNG-CHINA TRADE BOOMING

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 23, 2001 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Trade between Papua New Guinea and the People’s Republic of China is expected to reach the K 1 billion (US$ 333 million) threshold by next year, PNG-China Business Council President Chris Marlow announced.

Trade between the two countries had grown from K 15 million (US$ 4,995,000) in 1991 to more than K 700 million (US$ 233,100,000) last year.

Mr. Marlow was speaking at a function hosted by the council in honor of a visiting Chinese delegation from the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. It was led by the organization’s vice chairwoman, Zhong Min.

China imports timber, crude oil and sea products from PNG while PNG imports Chinese textiles, shoes, bags, bicycles, toys, electric and other electronic goods, canned foods and building materials.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The...

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IMF MOVES TO RELEASE FUNDS FOR PNG

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 24, 2001 – Radio Australia)--The International Monetary Fund has agreed to release much needed financial assistance to Papua New Guinea.

Radio Australia correspondent Richard Dinnen reports that the PNG government will receive about US$ 50 million, which will end a serious cash flow problem.

"The IMF Board has completed two further stages of a review of the PNG government's economic performance, and will now move to release about US$ 43 million.

"The IMF decision clears the way for the hand-over of an extra US$ 10 million of budget assistance from Australia, and should also free up US$ 20 million of World Bank assistance which has been held up since last December.

"The P-N-G Government had been facing a serious cash-flow crisis, and had been forced to borrow from its Central Bank at levels above statutory limits. The IMF decision will end that crisis for now, and is an indication that PNG has been able to repair its...

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COOKS GOVERNMENT SPENDING CRITICIZED BY FORMER PM HENRY

AVARUA, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (April 23, 2001 - Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat)---Cook Islands opposition leader Sir Geoffrey Henry says the government is spending too much money on overseas trips for ministers.

He says while schoolchildren in the outer islands are running short of basic supplies, the government's budget is directionless.

In particular, Sir Geoffrey points to the lack of educational material on Pukapuka, where pupils have to cut their pencils into thirds and use cardboard to write on.

"One does not see an economic and social policy that is consistent with the reform policies we adopted since 1996," Sir Geoffrey said. "If one was to read the budget document itself against the policy statement that was issued in March of last year, there is hardly any correlation between the two whatsoever."

He said the money that was set aside for the development of the outer islands is "paltry" compared to the amount of money being spent for...

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SCIENTISTS DISCOVER NEW MOLLUSK AND FISH SPECIES IN IRIAN JAYA

JAKARTA, Indonesia (April 20, 2001 – Indonesian Observer/Kabar-Irian)--Researchers from the scientific foundation International Conservation (IC), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Cenderawasih University (UNCEN) have found hundreds of mollusk and fish species at the Raja Ampat isles in Irian Jaya's Sorong district.

"The researchers have found about 450 species of shells, 950 fish species and a shocking 600 mollusk species in the Raja Ampat isles, which are located off of Irian's far western peninsula, near Maluku. Several of them have never been categorized or as yet 'discovered'," Dr. Veron, one of the IC researchers from Australia was quoted as saying by Antara in Jayapura yesterday.

He said the Raja Ampat island group is one of the areas in Indonesia where the marine potential of coral reefs has been best preserved.

"The island group has been proposed as an official UN World Heritage site," he said.

Dr. Jerry Ellen, a marine expert who...

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UNIVERSITY OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA TO ADD 240-BED DORM

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 24, 2001 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---The University of Papua New Guinea intends to reduce overcrowding in student residential halls at the Waigani campus with the construction of a 240-bed dormitory.

Vice Chancellor Professor Les Eastcott said work is expected to begin soon on the new residential hall, starting with the demolition of the old condemned barracks.

"This part of the campus has been a disgrace to the University of Papua New Guinea. The old, deteriorating buildings and the general barracks or compound area really do not represent the true status of UPNG," Professor Eastcott said.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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POLICE TO PROBE FIJI ARMY OFFICER’S ALLEGATION ON COUP MAKERS

By Matelita Ragogo

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 24, 2001 - The Fiji Times/PINA Nius Online)---Fiji detectives yesterday intensified investigations into last year's takeover of Parliament after allegations that known perpetrators remained free.

In a Fiji Television interview on Sunday, former Third Infantry Regiment commander Lieutenant Colonel Viliame Seruvakula claimed seven people involved with the coup were still free.

He said the group was made up of businessmen, politicians, senior army officers, and former senior army officers.

The career soldier claimed Indians as well as indigenous Fijians were involved but did not give names.

In the interview, Lt. Col. Seruvakula said an intelligence report with names of the perpetrators had been completed and sent to Government House.

Lt. Col. Seruvakula said it made him sick when he saw those who plotted the takeover still walking around free.

Lt. Col. Seruvakula was one of the key army...

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COAST GUARD LOCATES BOAT MISSING FOR SIX DAYS NEAR KOSRAE

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (April 24, 2001 – U.S. Coast Guard)---A Coast Guard C-130 airplane from Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu located a missing boat yesterday with three persons aboard who had remained unlocated for nearly six days.

Three people went fishing off the southwest side of Kosrae Island (FSM) in a 19-foot skiff and were last seen by other fishing boats about two miles from shore on the evening of April 17 (FSM time).

After the skiff did not return to the island as planned, the Coast Guard’s rescue coordination center in Guam was notified and began coordinating a search which included a boat from FSM, a Navy P-3 airplane, Air Force and Coast Guard C-30s and several civilian small boats.

The skiff was spotted by a Coast Guard C-130 on the morning of April 23.

The Federated States Ship Independence took the skiff in tow and was scheduled to arrive in Kosrae later that evening.

The condition of the three people onboard was not available....

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