11 Aug 2003

Solomons PMC works closely with intervention force to collect weapons

4:11 pm on 11 August 2003

The Solomon Islands Peace Monitoring Council says it's working closely with the intervention force to collect weapons during the amnesty period.

The chairman of the PMC, Paul Tovua, says they're now sending out councillors to each of the provinces to facilitate the hand in of the guns.

Mr Tovua says the PMC has been doing a lot of the advance work.

"We are working very closely with information, local information, on the ground information, arranging meetings and collection of weapons and issuing receipts and even keeping the weapons until we can hand them to the members of the regional assistance mission"

Mr Tovua says it's difficult to know how many weapons are out in the community but he believes that a high percentage will be collected before the amnesty ends on August 21st.