AUSTRALIA SEEKS QUICK APPROVAL FROM SOLOMONS

SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, June 30) - The Australian government is calling on the Solomon Islands to provide the appropriate legal cover urgently when the troubled country’s parliament convenes July 8.

A multi-national peacekeeping force is poised to arrive in the Solomons by the end of July.

Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer is urging the Solomnos parliament to formally approve the intervention.

"The Solomons Parliament is reconvening on the 8th July and we hope appropriate legislation to provide legal cover for the intervention will pass through the parliament fairly quickly," he said.

Solomons Foreign Minister Laurie Chan said his people and the government are constantly harassed and intimidated by the armed militia.

"Militants shooting at the Prime Minister's house... there is a whole bunch of problems we need to address."

More than eight nations are expected to contribute to the multi-national force.

July 1, 2003

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