18 Oct 2002

EU prepared to bail out Solomons university debt

11:52 am on 18 October 2002

The European Union says it may help Solomon Islands pay off its debts incurred at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

Some Solomons students have said they may have to abandon their studies if the arrears are not paid.

The EU has already contributed to the costs of educating Solomon Islands students and is prepared to release fresh funds which have been allocated to Solomon Islands but not used.

The EU's delegate based in Papua New Guinea, Anthony Crasner, says for the long term benefit the EU may again help with education costs.

"it seems to us that the education system is probably the key - and to ensure that there is a supply of well qualified, motivated young people to ensure the sustainable use of Solomon Islands' resources."

Anthony Crasner