SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, July 27) - Solomon Islands police commissioner William Morell has issued an ultimatum to his men to return any unauthorized guns they are holding

Morrell has given them until 4:00pm tomorrow afternoon to hand the guns in.

Some sections of the Solomon Islands police force were involved in the coup in June 2000 and a number of high-powered weapons taken from the police armory then are still unaccounted for.

Morrell has issued written instructions to all members of the force that if they are holding weapons they should not have they must give them up.

The senior Australian policeman in the Solomon Islands intervention force, Ben McDevitt, says any guns illegally held by the police that are surrendered will be destroyed along with those collected from ex-militants.

July 28, 2003

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