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Solomons-PNG Border Security Issues Raise Concerns
Shortland Islands leaders claim logging equipment stolen

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 21, 2013) – There 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 the international police after reported transgressions in the area.

Reports say a group believed to have crossed from PNG’s 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 soil and shores.

An elder has told our correspondent that Shortland people still recollect the frightening experiences of those days.

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