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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, July 14) – French Ambassador to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, Mr Jacques-Oliver Manent, has died in Port Moresby last week.

Accordingly to the French Embassy, Ambassador Manent died while on an official visit to Lake Murray in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.

The cause of his death was believed to be heart attack.

Ambassador Manent took up his appointment in Papua New Guinea in April last year. He visited Solomon Islands in July last year to present his credentials to the Governor General.

A funeral service for the last Ambassador was held in Port Moresby on Wednesday attended by Papua New Guinea's Governor General, Prime Minister, Government Ministers and Officials as well as Heads of the Diplomatic Corp in Port Moresby.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Bernard Bata'anisia represented Solomon Islands at the funeral service.

July 17, 2006

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