AIR NIUGINI REOPENS PORT MORESBY-HONIARA LINK

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (November 17, 2000 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---Air Niugini will resume its twice-weekly flight into Honiara effective next Wednesday, November 22.

The first flight from Port Moresby will be on Wednesdays and the second flight will be on Sundays.

Air Niugini suspended its flights to the Solomon Islands in July at the height of the ethnic tension on Guadalcanal.

Air Niugini said the flights will continue now that the situation in the country has improved dramatically over the past month following the signing of the Townsville Peace Agreement.

Solomon Airlines has already reopened its services to Vanuatu and Fiji and increased its flights to Australia,

In other developments:

* The Guadalcanal Provincial Government Headquarters in Honiara, which was taken over by members of the Malaita Eagle Force after the coup on June 5th, is to be rehabilitated and turned into a symbol of national unity.

Speaking at the Premiers’ Conference in Buala yesterday, Minister of Provincial Government, Nathaniel Waena, said with the understanding of the Guadalcanal Province his Ministry will turn the former headquarters into offices for his Ministry and all the provinces.

Minister Waena revealed that the Asian Development Bank has already indicated its willingness to fund the rehabilitation of the former Guadalcanal Provincial Headquarters and also build a new headquarters for that province at Marau.

He further revealed that the bank also will fund a new headquarters building for the Central Provincial Government at Tulagi, which was burned down several months ago, and some bridges on Malaita.

The Asian Development Bank will also fund a state government look-and-learn trip in February for the provincial premiers. They will travel to India, Malaysia, Singapore and the Northern Territory of Australia.

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

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

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