COMMONWEALTH SPECIAL ENVOY ARRIVES BACK IN HONIARA TODAY

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (August 8, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Commonwealth's Special Envoy to Solomon Islands, Sitiveni Rabuka, is due back in Honiara today to discuss progress with the Honiara peace accord, which he brokered more than a month ago.

But, while the Solomon Islands' provincial government of Guadalcanal is expected to welcome his arrival, militants have said there's little point in meeting him.

The Isatambu Freedom Fighters say the peace accord has failed them and has called on Rabuka to tell the government that policing is not just about the use of force and zero tolerance.

This follows the killing of four militants on Guadalcanal last weekend.

A multinational police force is due in Solomon Islands later this week, in an effort to calm the increasing violence between police and militants.

Rabuka says the force, from Fiji and Vanuatu, could stay for six months.

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

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