NO TOTAL YET ON GUNS COLLECTED DURING SOLOMON ISLANDS AMNESTY

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 4, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The Solomon Islands Peace Monitoring Council says it can't yet give a total figure on the number of guns handed in during the latest gun surrender campaign.

Radio Australia correspondent Sean Dorney reports that although the amnesty for those giving up weapons expired last Friday night some surrendered guns are yet to be collected.

"The gun surrender campaign seems to have succeeded beyond the Peace Monitoring Council's expectations.

"Even though some hard line militants have not given up their arms, almost 800 have, and the total number of weapons now locked away in the International Peace Monitoring Team's containers exceeds 2,000.

"Teams are still traveling out into rural areas of Guadalcanal on collecting missions.

"The Chairman of the Peace Monitoring Council, Paul Tovua, made a trip yesterday up to the abandoned Gold Ridge mine to meet one militant group.

"Meanwhile, two former commanders from either side of the Guadalcanal-Malaita ethnic war, who are now studying at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, George Grey and Eddie Konairamo, have called on their former comrades to give up their arms and reconcile.

"Sean Dorney, Radio Australia."

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

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