SOLOMON ISLANDS PEACE TALKS POSTPONED

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 3, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Peace talks between the warring rebels in the Solomon Islands that were planned for today (Saturday) have been postponed.

The peace meeting between the Isatabu Freedom Movement and the Malaita Eagle Force was initiated by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The postponement is to allow for wider consultation on the proposed agenda for the proposed talks.

The Malaita Eagle Force recently announced a 14-day restraint period, during which time it wants a ceasefire agreement signed by all parties.

The 19-month conflict between the people of Guadalcanal and Malaita over land rights and jobs has already claimed about 60 lives.

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