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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (October 13, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands reportedly has gained the support of Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian states for its candidate for the post of Director General of the Noumea-based Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

The Solomon Islands' candidate is Dr. Jimmie Rodgers, currently Deputy Director General of the regional body.

Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa‘alu maintains that no Solomon Islander holds any of the regional organizations’ top posts, so therefore one of its citizens should be considered for the Noumea position.

The present incumbent, Dr. Bob Dunn, completes his contract at the end of the year.

The Pacific Community will appoint a new Director General at its annual conference, scheduled for Tahiti in December.

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

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