FIJI POLICE YET TO LEAVE FOR SOLOMONS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 18, 1999 – Fiji Village News)---Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Tupeni Baba says no decision on when police officers will be sent to the Solomon Islands to serve as peace keepers has been made.

Baba says the decision will come when the Solomon Islands government informs the Commonwealth Secretariat that they need peace keepers there.

He says the Solomon Islands government also needs to clarify from where the money for funding the police officers to serve in Honiara is coming.

"We were asked to fly police people but we cannot do that unless the organization finalizes the matter.

"We are not even sure whether the funding is available.

"That is a matter again for the Solomon Islands government to finalize and get back to us," Dr. Baba said.

Ten police officers already are on stand-by and waiting for the green light from the government to go.

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