SOLOMONS CEASEFIRE BREACH MEETING BEGINS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (August 11, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The Ceasefire Monitoring Council in the Solomon Islands has begun its investigation into Tuesday's breach of the ceasefire, which has resulted in renewed fighting between the Malaita Eagle Force and the Isatabu Freedom Movement.

The eight-member council is currently meeting with the eastern command of the IFM at Tetere, on the Guadalcanal Plains.

The meeting -- which started this morning -- is expected to give the IFM a chance to present its case, before holding talks with its rival tomorrow.

Earlier, Council chairman Sir Peter Kenilorea appealed to the two factions to refrain from any more attacks within their respective areas of influence -- as stipulated by the ceasefire agreement.

The Council is expected to present its findings next week.

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

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