PACIFIC MINISTERS TO DISCUSS SOLOMONS INTERVENTION

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 23) - A one-day meeting is
to be held in Sydney next Monday of regional foreign ministers to discuss a
major Australian intervention plan for Solomon Islands.

The plan, estimated to cost US$60 million a year, is to send
more foreign police, possibly backed by military force, to Guadalcanal to
restore law and order and also to take over the running of the country’s
finances.

The proposal is on the agenda of the New Zealand cabinet today
and is to be discussed by the Australian government’s national security
committee on Wednesday before Monday’s talks with foreign ministers from
Pacific Island countries which are expected join the force.

The Solomon Islands parliament is due to meet in two weeks to
discuss the plan, which is estimated to cost about 60 million US dollars a year.

June 23, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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