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NZ sends more troops to Solomon
www.chinaview.cn 2006-04-23 09:06:14

Related: Situation gets tense in Solomon Islands

    WELLINGTON, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Two flights taking a 53-member team of New Zealand troops and equipment left for Solomon Islands Sunday.

    Commander, Major Andrew Brown, said the troops can expect to be on duty almost as soon as they land.

    They will be working overnight and when Parliament reconvenes in the morning.

    Sunday's deployment of 53 troops from the 3rd Land Force Group will bring the New Zealand contingent in the islands to 125.

    New Zealand sent 25 soldiers and 30 police on Thursday.

    Riots started on April 18 have been reined in two days later, but there are fears of unrest again in Honiara, capital of Solomon Island , for the new Parliament will meet on Monday for the swearing in of members and the election of a Speaker.

    Additionally, Prime Minister Rini will face a vote of no confidence from Opposition MPs when Parliament opens on Monday.

    Up to now, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea have all committed more troops and police to the Solomon Islands since the latest unrest, bringing the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) peacekeeping force to more than 640. Enditem

Evacuation of Chinese underway in strife-torn Solomon Islands

    CANBERRA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government has started to evacuate Chinese from the riots-torn Solomon Islands, with the first chartered plane landing in Port Moresby of Papua New Guinea on Saturday night.

China takes all measures to protect its people in Solomon Islands

    BEIJING, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government is taking all measures to ensure the safety of the Chinese residents in the Solomon Islands suffering unrest, Chinese Foreign Ministry said here Friday night.

China to secure safety of compatriots in Solomon Islands

    BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government will take every measure possible to secure the safety, lives and property of Chinese people in the Solomon Islands, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday.

Chinese Embassy in PNG aids Chinese in Solomon Islands

    WELLINGTON, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Embassy in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been taking urgent measures to provide assistance to the overseas Chinese in Solomon Islands, the riot-torn South Pacific state.

HK residents reminded about personal safety in Solomon Islands

    HONG KONG, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Security Bureau reminds Hong Kong residents Thursday to watch out for the latest developments in the Solomon Islands and pay attention to personal safety in view of the riots there.

Editor: Yan Zhonghua
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