Unicode with AWT on QNX 6

Hello All,

I am modifying an application that was written for j9 (1.5) under 6.2.1 using AWT. The target was originally an English speaking environment but it now has to be adapted to a non-English speaking environment under 6.3. I moved the embedded text to a properties file but when it came to display I discovered that for example the German character O with a diaresis (\u00d6) would not display and would prevent the following text in the string from being shown.

Short of going to SWT, which is not a possibility, is there any solution ?