SOLOMONS SEEK U.S. HELP WITH SUNKEN BATTLESHIPS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 18) – The Solomon Islands has asked the United States to provide experts to investigate oil leaks from World War Two shipwrecks in its waters.

It has also asked the U.S. experts to remove mustard gas remains from Solomons battle sites.

Hundreds of warships belonging to the Americans, their allies, and the Japanese navy, sank in Solomon Islands’ waters during World War Two.

The Solomon Islands’ ambassador to the United Nations, Colin Beck, says the country would like a bilateral mechanism to be put in place to deal with oil leaks because it doesn’t have the capacity to combat them.

April 19, 2005

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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