26 Jul 2005

Solomons leader says old ammunition dumps the source of illegal explosives

8:20 pm on 26 July 2005

A former prime minister of Solomon Islands has raised concerns about the continued illegal use of explosives.

Bartholemew Ulufa'alu says the explosives are most often being used to catch fish.

Mr Ulufa'alu says the explosives are being found in old World War Two amunition dumps and he wants international help to locate these sites.

"I think it needs the co-operation of the United States, Allied Forces and the Japanese to help us identify where these dumps are so we can dispose of them. And as long as these people who left these things in this country aren't cooperating to locate these dumps, then we're going to have problems."

Bartholemew Ulufaalu