FOUR GOVERNMENTS AND COMMONWEALTH TO SHARE COST OF PEACE MONITORS ON

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (September 27, 1999 – Radio Australia)---Four governments and the Commonwealth Secretariat are to share the cost of establishing a 20-member multi-national peacekeeping monitoring group on Guadalcanal.

Radio Australia correspondent George Atkin reports from the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.

"The Australian government has confirmed it is to meet the cost of keeping the peacekeepers from Fiji and Vanuatu for three months. But according to the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Dr. Martin Sharp, Canberra is yet to work out the cost.

"The New Zealand Government says it is to pay for the airfares, while the British government will pay for the peacekeepers’ transportation and uniforms while on Guadalcanal.

"The Solomon Islands government says it will contribute half-a-million U-S dollars towards the force, while the Commonwealth Secretariat will facilitate the forces formation.

"The peacekeepers are expected to arrive by mid October.

"George Atkin, Honiara."

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