14 Feb 2005

Peace Council leader in Solomons says Guadalcanal peace summit will address critical issues

7:02 am on 14 February 2005

The Chairman of the Peace Council in Solomon Islands, Paul Tovua, says he welcomes a peace summit for Guadalcanal leaders this week.

He says it is important for people to share ideas, and the Peace Council hopes to empower village leaders.

Paul Tovua says although law and order has been restored, there won't be any progress made towards lasting peace, until critical issues are addressed.

"There is still a lot of work to be done in trying to bring together communities, especially those whose members have been killed, or raped, or slaughtered. These are the kinds of things that will take a long time before peace will really and truly be back on the ground."

Paul Tovua says its more than just a matter of signing a peace document, because individuals have to find peace within themselves first.