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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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October 15, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Rival militias who have been battling in the Solomon Islands for two years agreed to sign a peace deal today, Australia's Foreign Ministry said. About 70 people have been killed in the fighting over access to land and jobs in the former British colony, 1,000 miles northeast of Australia. "It looks like they've got an agreement," said Matt Francis, spokesman for the Australian Foreign Affairs Department.
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June 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Solomon Islands radio said about 200 unarmed police were patrolling the streets of Honiara, under a deal with the militia leader who has controlled the capital since an attempted coup June 5. The Malaita Eagle Force handed the town back to police but refused to surrender its weapons. Fighting broke out between the Malaitan group and its Guadalcanal island rivals, the Isatabu Freedom Movement, after the coup attempt.
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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 5, 2000 | Associated Press
The prime minister of the Solomon Islands was taken hostage, and armed rebels put up roadblocks in the capital, Honiara, New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said today. Ministry spokesman Brad Pattersfield said insurgents from the country's Malaita Eagle Force militia were holding Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu hostage. He spoke after talking by satellite telephone with New Zealand's High Commission in Honiara.
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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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October 15, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Rival militias who have been battling in the Solomon Islands for two years agreed to sign a peace deal today, Australia's Foreign Ministry said. About 70 people have been killed in the fighting over access to land and jobs in the former British colony, 1,000 miles northeast of Australia. "It looks like they've got an agreement," said Matt Francis, spokesman for the Australian Foreign Affairs Department.
NEWS
June 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of foreigners Thursday boarded an Australian navy ship moored off the Solomon Islands, escaping rival rebels battling in the jungles and capital of the South Pacific nation. A radio report hours later indicated a possible easing of tensions on the islands: Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, who had been taken captive Monday, reportedly had been freed from house arrest a second time, and the warring groups were trying to agree on a truce.
NEWS
June 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Solomon Islands radio said about 200 unarmed police were patrolling the streets of Honiara, under a deal with the militia leader who has controlled the capital since an attempted coup June 5. The Malaita Eagle Force handed the town back to police but refused to surrender its weapons. Fighting broke out between the Malaitan group and its Guadalcanal island rivals, the Isatabu Freedom Movement, after the coup attempt.
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June 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of foreigners Thursday boarded an Australian navy ship moored off the Solomon Islands, escaping rival rebels battling in the jungles and capital of the South Pacific nation. A radio report hours later indicated a possible easing of tensions on the islands: Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, who had been taken captive Monday, reportedly had been freed from house arrest a second time, and the warring groups were trying to agree on a truce.
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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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June 5, 2000 | Associated Press
The prime minister of the Solomon Islands was taken hostage, and armed rebels put up roadblocks in the capital, Honiara, New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said today. Ministry spokesman Brad Pattersfield said insurgents from the country's Malaita Eagle Force militia were holding Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu hostage. He spoke after talking by satellite telephone with New Zealand's High Commission in Honiara.
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