KIRIBATI TO ENFORCE DRINKING LAWS MORE VIGOROUSLY

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TARAWA, Kiribati (March 3, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Kiribati has decided to enforce the country's laws more vigorously to prevent under-aged people from drinking and entering nightclubs.

The decision comes following community leaders in the capital, Tarawa, calling on the authorities to take decisive steps to counter what they call "the growing menace of under-aged people consuming alcohol and acting irresponsibly."

The Ministry of Social Development said the Government will enforce existing laws on liquor licensing and strengthen other ordinances pertaining to the presence of young people in and around bars and nightclubs.

Under existing laws, owners of bars, nightclubs and other entertainment centers face criminal charges if they allow people under 21 onto their premises.

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