3 Jun 2002

The police in Solomon Islands have called on those still holding arms to surrender them

8:48 am on 3 June 2002

The police in Solomon Islands have called on those still holding arms to surrender them as soon as possible.

A gun amnesty ended on the 31st of May with 601 guns being handed in.

However this is not expected to be the final figure as a weapons count will continue through this week.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Wilfred Akao, urged those still holding weapons to hand them in to the Melanesian Brotherhood.

He also called on the public to have courage and confidence in reporting crime so that those who were responsible could be caught and prosecuted.

He told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation that the police would be providing security.