GUADALCANAL MILITANTS TOLD TO REVEAL FOREIGN CONTACTS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (August 30, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands Government wants Guadalcanal militant leaders to reveal the identities of foreign and local businessmen it claims have helped Isatambu Freedom Fighters carry out illegal activities in Guadalcanal Province.

Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulafa‘alu told journalists that his government takes the claims of foreign involvement very seriously and requests the militant leaders to come forth with detailed information.

Ulufa‘alu said the militants should make details known as a goodwill gesture.

The claims of local and foreign business involvement in months of ethic unrest between Guadalcanal and Malaita islanders over land rights, jobs and political power originally were made by the militant leaders to the Commonwealth Special Envoy to the Solomon Islands, Sitiveni Rabuka, and his assistant, Professor Ade Ade Fuye.

Militant leaders allegedly have named Australian business as being involved, using the Isatambu Freedom Fighters to disrupt commercial and laborer operations on Guadalcanal.

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

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