FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SOLOMONS LOSE THOUSANDS THROUGH THEFT

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (February 21, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Foreign embassies based in the Solomon Islands have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen vehicles and equipment.

The European Union mission has been the worst affected, losing more than $500,000 worth of vehicles, boats and outboard motors.

China's agricultural mission lost two vehicles, which have since been found. After being stolen they were sold to former militants.

Private companies and individuals also have lost cars and trucks.

Police are yet to confirm how many vehicles have been recovered or returned following their efforts to restore law and order in the capital.

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

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