SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT CONCERNED OVER AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL STATEMENT

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (May 23, 2000 - SIBC/PINA Nius Online)---The government has expressed concern over an embargoed statement issued by Amnesty International on the ethnic tension in the Solomon Islands.

Minister of State Alfred Sasako said the statement could easily inflame the already fragile peace process.

Sasako said any good intention by Amnesty International to win greater international support for resolving the conflict in Solomon Islands would be overshadowed by the damage done by the incorrect statements and inflammatory language used.

The minister said he is disturbed by the assertions about the role of the police in the conflict.

He said the assertions indicate that Amnesty had strayed from its non-partisan role in addressing human rights abuses and working in the interest of political prisoners.

(SEE: Solomon Islands: No Peace In Paradise at http://www.amnesty.org/news/2000/121may00.htm

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