PAPUA NEW GUINEA OFFERS HELP TO SOLOMONS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National/PINA, Jan. 6) - Papua New Guinea will send relief supplies to the cyclone-devastated islands in the Solomons, Foreign Affairs Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu said yesterday.

Papua New Guinea's High Commissioner in Honiara, Ponape Yuwa, is gathering information as to how Papua New Guinea can best help those most affected, Sir Rabbie said.

He said the government and people of Papua New Guinea were shocked to hear and see from media reports that this was one of the worst cyclones in the region.

"We in PNG have experienced many natural disasters ourselves and we feel very much for the people of Solomon Islands at this time," he said. "We may not be able to do much given our economic circumstances but we can do something in a small and appropriate way."

January 7, 2003 

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