23 Aug 2003

Solomons community expected to out gunmen

7:45 am on 23 August 2003

The head of the Australian-led intervention force in Solomon Islands, Nick Warner, says it expects community help to find guns not surrendered in the three-week amnesty which ended on Thursday night.

Mr Warner described the tally of around three thousand guns collected and three hundred thousand rounds of ammunition as a very good result.

He says they think some guns were not handed in but they expect people to quickly start coming forward with information.

"There is a very strong sense in this community that tey are sick and tired of the guns, the guns that have done such damage to their lives, their communities and their country. As the police gather that information, they'll put together briefs of evidence, they'll seek search warrants and will start knocking on doors and start searhcing for weapons that are still out here in the community."

Nick Warner.

People who have not surrendered weapons face hefty fines or ten year prison sentences.