POLICE GUARD SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT OFFICES FOLLOWING THREATS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (August 1, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Solomon Islands police are guarding the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance building in Honiara, following continuous threats from people seeking payments.

Police at the scene told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation that they have been instructed to provide security for the two offices, because staff have been unable to do their work following threats from members of the public.

The government Treasury has been closed indefinitely because of the threats.

Police say only people working within the Office of the Prime Minister and the Finance Ministry will be allowed through police lines. The security cordon will be maintained for an indefinite period.

The Solomon Islands economy is near collapse after years of civil war.

Loans from Taiwan are keeping the government afloat.

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

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