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Radio New Zealand International

Shortland IslandsTHERE HAS BEEN A CALL by Solomon Islanders living along the sea border with Papua New Guinea to review security.

Leaders in the Shortland Islands want consultations with the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI), the Solomon Islands police and international police after reported transgressions.

Reports say a group, which is believed to have crossed from Bougainville, entered a logging camp in one of the islands and left with logging equipment.

The Shortland people were badly affected during the Bougainville crisis of the 1990s when members of the rebel Bougainville Revolutionary Army and soldiers of the PNG Defence Force fought battles on their islands.

An elder told the Radio New Zealand correspondent that the Shortland people still recollect the frightening experiences of those days.


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Neil Yamelu

I suggest assistance must be given to help the Shortland Islanders because they have been affected badly by the group who stole their logging equipment.

Those involved in the stealing should be caught and locked up for what they have done and to learn how to respect others' property.

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