EU, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND MAY PAY SOLOMON ISLANDS’ USP FEE

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 1, 2001 – Radio Australia)---The European Union and the Australian and New Zealand governments may help out the Solomon Islands by paying the country's almost US$ 1 million annual contribution to the Suva-based University of the South Pacific.

The university is concerned that continuing unrest in the Solomons, coupled with a dire economic situation there, may leave the country unable to pay.

A top university administrator has warned that the future of Solomon Islands students in Fiji may be at risk if the money to cover their education is not paid.

He said the EU has indicated that it could pay part of the cost and the university has had talks with Australia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the New Zealand government to discuss matching assistance.

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

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