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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 1, 2000 - SIBC/PINA Nius Online)---A fact-finding mission from the European Union/African, Caribbean and Pacific group has arrived in Honiara to assess the country's needs resulting from the ethnic conflict on Guadalcanal.

Led by Co-President of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group, Louis Serge Clair, and Co-President of the European Union, Alexander Corrie, the group is expected to visit both Guadalcanal and Malaita islands.

The group is expected to meet Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa‘alu, who is said to have made the request for their visit and assessment of the problem on Guadalcanal.

Foreign Secretary Lucian Kii has said the trip was important, as it would indicate to the European Parliament and its development agencies whether the Solomon Islands should receive assistance.

The group was to have gone on to Fiji but this leg of their Pacific trip now is uncertain due to the insurrection there.

Radio Fiji today reported three other countries are now bidding to host the signing of the new aid, trade and development agreement between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific states. This was to have take place in Fiji but the signing now has been postponed.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Company, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Company.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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