SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT’S "NON-ESSENTIAL" PHONES CUT

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SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT’S "NON-ESSENTIAL" PHONES CUT

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (February 17, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---Solomon Telekom disconnected "non-essential" telephone lines to all Solomon Islands government ministries due to unpaid telephone bills.

The government has been under financial constraints following two years of ethnic conflict and compensation payments.

The Prime Minister's office issued a notice to media organisations that it cannot relay government information because telephone and fax lines have been disconnected.

Water supplies to the office complex were also disconnected this week.

 

MEETING IN SOLOMON ISLANDS CALLS FOR BAN ON ALCOHOL

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (February 16, 2001 – Radio Australia)---A meeting of community leaders and the executive of the Peace Monitoring Council in Solomon Islands has again called for a total ban on alcohol in the country.

The meeting -- which involved 70 participants from churches, business and non-governmental organisations -- renewed the call for a total alcohol ban.

The ban was originally made by the Peace Monitoring Council in December.

The meeting agreed that alcohol was a major contributing factor to lawlessness in the country, especially in the capital, Honiara.

During the meeting, Council Chairman Sir Peter Kenilorea said the government had yet to respond to the request for the ban.

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

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