HONIARA, Solomon Islands (January 12, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation)---Guadalcanal Premier Ezekiel Alebua is recovering at Gizo Hospital in Western Province following a minor appendices operation.

Mr. Alebua was flown to Gizo from Honiara on a normal scheduled flight to undergo the operation.

Mr. Alebua is one of the key Solomon Islands leaders involved in the Townsville Peace Agreement, which ended two years of ethnic conflict on Guadalcanal.

National Referral Hospital surgeon Dr. Orbeli and an anesthetist accompanied Mr Alebua to Gizo following the conclusion of arrangements by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

SIBC's Radio Happy Lagoon reports that Mr. Alebua is expected to be discharged within a week.

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