GUADALCANAL TO SUBMIT COMPENSATION DEMANDS TO NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (January 12, 1999 - PACNEWS/SIBC)---The province of Guadalcanal plans to formally submit demands for compensation to the national government.

A meeting of provincial political, social and religious leaders decided on the move.

Earlier, Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa‘alu had called a public meeting of Guadalcanal's leaders to discuss demands put forward by the province's premier, Ezekiel Alebua, in November.

Tension has flared among people from different provinces following Alebua's call for the Honiara government to compensate the province for hosting the capital, and demanding that people from outside Guadalcanal not be allowed to own land in Guadalcanal province.

Premier Alebua described the meeting of the province's leaders as successful. It has appointed a committee to put together a formal agenda for the national government to address.

A coordinating committee will examine the proposal and then consider introducing it for formal action at a provincial assembly meeting on January 18.

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