SOLOMONS ISABEL PROVINCE SUSPENDS LOGGING

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands 9June 23, 2001 – Radio Australia)---The Isabel government will suspend all logging operations in the province for an indefinite period, starting Monday.

Provincial Premier Jacob Pitu confirmed that his government is taking the action because of continued breaches of laws and environment regulations by logging companies and operators.

Mr. Pitu said his action results from revelations contained in a report submitted to the province by government technical officers who visited all Isabel logging camps.

The report showed that all the logging operators were breaching national laws and provincial ordinances.

Mr. Pitu said that as a result, the felling of trees or loading of existing rounded logs onto vessels will be suspended.

He said the provincial government is taking the tough measures to combat years of malpractice by logging companies that has affected Isabel's people, land, forests and environment.

 

SOLOMONS FOREIGN MINISTER PHILIP RESIGNS

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 22, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Danny Philip has resigned his portfolio.

The chairman of the government caucus, Charles Dausabea, confirmed the government's acceptance of Mr. Philip’s resignation.

Mr. Philip cited his absence from his constituency as the reason for his action. He said he wanted to spend time with his people.

But he pledged his continued support to the government as it wrestles with continued difficulties associated with Guadalcanal-Malaita ethnic unrest.

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 

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