Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands: Cyprus donates $US25, 000 to SI Relief Fund

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Australian-based diplomatic missions are continuing to rally behind the massive effort to restore normalcy in Solomon Islands tsunami and earthquake-affected regions with monetary donations.

Cyprus is the latest country to pitch in a $US25-thousand donation.

The High Commissioner for Cyprus in Canberra, His Excellency Achilleas Antoniades presented the money to Solomon Islands High Commissioner, Victor Ngele in Canberra this week.

Mr Antoniades extended his sympathy to the many people of Western and Choiseul Provinces who are still trying to get their lives back together while the massive relief effort continues, to rebuild the many coastal villages devastated in the April 2nd tsunami.

Mr Antoniades said his country was pleased to be included in the international effort and he hoped the donation would help ease the plight of those affected and assist in the "greater effort" currently being undertaken.

Mr Ngele said the $US25-thousand cheque would be forwarded immediately to the National Disaster Fund in Honiara, which is overseeing the relief operation.

"I have extended my profound thanks to Mr Antoniades and asked him to pass on our gratitude from all Solomon islanders to the government of Cyprus for their generosity.

"I have been enormously humbled by the ongoing pledges of support and the sincere expressions of goodwill which we have been constantly receiving from the diplomatic community in Canberra," he said.

By George Herming