POWER, PHONE CUTS ISOLATE NAURU

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YAREN, Nauru (January 17, 2002 – Radio Australia)---International telecommunications with Nauru have been cut by an industrial dispute on the island.

Communication with Nauru has been interrupted for almost a week, with government officials relying on satellite links.

The industrial dispute follows a fire at the country's power station last Thursday, which blacked out the island and cut phone links to Nauru for about 72 hours.

Australian government officials have confirmed that power was restored on Sunday.

They said the detention centers for asylum seekers has its own power supply and was not affected.

Australia has guaranteed fuel supplies for Nauru's power station under the agreement, which has seen asylum seekers housed on the island while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees assesses their claims for refugee status.

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