June 5, 2000 |
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.
July 1, 2000 |
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.
October 15, 2000 |
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.
June 9, 2000 |
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.