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June 7, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Fighting between rival rebel factions in the Solomon Islands intensified, with one using a stolen gunboat to fire cannon rounds at coastal encampments set up by the other group, a Solomon Islands official said. Alfred Maesulia, a spokesman for the Pacific island nation, said in a phone interview that "there might well have been casualties." The shelling marked a major escalation of the weaponry being used.
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July 1, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Legislators narrowly elected a former opposition leader as prime minister of the Solomon Islands, and he pledged to end a year and a half of ethic violence that has killed as many as 60 people. Mannasseh Sogavare replaces ousted Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, who resigned 2 1/2 weeks ago after armed rebels from the island of Malaita held him at gunpoint and seized the capital, Honiara, on the main island of Guadalcanal.
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June 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Solomon Islands politicians will meet aboard an Australian navy ship Friday to elect a new prime minister after more than half the members of Parliament boycotted an emergency vote because of safety fears, Governor-General John Eni Lapli said on local radio today. The Australian troop carrier Tobruk is anchored off Honiara, the capital, after evacuating hundreds of expatriates following an attempted coup by an ethnic militia early this month.
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June 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Solomon Islands politicians will meet aboard an Australian navy ship Friday to elect a new prime minister after more than half the members of Parliament boycotted an emergency vote because of safety fears, Governor-General John Eni Lapli said on local radio today. The Australian troop carrier Tobruk is anchored off Honiara, the capital, after evacuating hundreds of expatriates following an attempted coup by an ethnic militia early this month.
NEWS
July 1, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Legislators narrowly elected a former opposition leader as prime minister of the Solomon Islands, and he pledged to end a year and a half of ethic violence that has killed as many as 60 people. Mannasseh Sogavare replaces ousted Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, who resigned 2 1/2 weeks ago after armed rebels from the island of Malaita held him at gunpoint and seized the capital, Honiara, on the main island of Guadalcanal.
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July 24, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An Australian-led international force began pouring into the South Pacific nation of Solomon Islands by plane and ship to help restore order. The Solomon Islands government appealed this month for help reining in militants and criminals who are extorting money, taking hostages and killing at will. The 2,000 troops and 300 police will be deployed from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.
NEWS
June 7, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Fighting between rival rebel factions in the Solomon Islands intensified, with one using a stolen gunboat to fire cannon rounds at coastal encampments set up by the other group, a Solomon Islands official said. Alfred Maesulia, a spokesman for the Pacific island nation, said in a phone interview that "there might well have been casualties." The shelling marked a major escalation of the weaponry being used.
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