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Solomons Weapons Pour In

The Australian-led intervention force in the Solomon Islands says that almost 2,500 weapons have been handed in since peacekeepers arrived last month. Illegal firearms have been the focus of a multinational rescue mission that aims to restore peace and economic stability to the shattered South Pacific nation of 500,000 mostly Melanesian people. The country was thrown into chaos by a conflict over land rights and jobs between rival ethnic militias. But it is already clear that the rule of the gun has come to an end in many parts of the Solomons archipelago. Rebels have been handing in their weapons before the three-week national gun amnesty ends on Thursday. More than 500 of the firearms which have so far been handed in are high-powered modern military weapons. Full Story

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