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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (September 30, 2002 - Solomon Star/PINA Nius Online)---The Solomon Islands government says it has reduced its outstanding arrears and contributions to FJD$ 6.8 million (US$ 3,127,320) from the FJD$ 8 million (US$ 3,679,200), which it owed the University of the South Pacific earlier.

But Permanent Secretary for Education Barnabas Anga, in a meeting with the Solomon Islands students at the Laucala Campus, Suva, was unable to indicate how the government will tackle the remaining arrears.

Admission for new and existing students to USP next year is still in doubt due to the arrears, he said.

Anga said the European Union (EU) had indicated possible help, which the government could tap to help sort out the problem.

* Solomon Islands student Jude Devesi won the University of the South Pacific Students' Association's Vice President's seat on Friday. Devesi, a history/politics student, is the son of former Governor General Sir Baddley Devesi.

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