1 Jun 2002

Solomon Islands gun amnesty ends with some weapons still not surrendered

7:31 am on 1 June 2002

Guadalcanal militant Harold Keke remains a major obstacle to the success of the weapons amnesty scheme in Solomon Islands.

The deadline for the weapons amnesty expired on Friday, but Mr Keke's refusal to join the handover may be discouraging other ex-militants in Honiara from handing in their weapons.

In the past fortnight hundreds of guns have been surrendered including nearlly one hundred high powered weapons held illegally by police.

A spokesman for the Peace Monitoring Council says they have tried to set up talks with Keke, but to no avail.

The spokesman says the Government is also doing its part in trying to hold talks with Keke over the surrender of arms and has appointed the West Honiara MP, Y Sato as its emissary.