18 Aug 2008

Malaita group wants answers over Solomons ethnic crisis

1:07 pm on 18 August 2008

The president of the Malaita Maasina Forum, Hudson Kwalea, says the Solomon Islands government must find answers to questions that remain unanswered over the ethnic tensions.

The Maasina Forum has called on the government to be fair in conducting proposed inquiries into past incidents, after the Prime minister said in parliament an inquiry would be conducted into the 2000 Rove Armoury raid.

The raid was followed by the Malaitan militants overthrowing the government.

The Maasina Forum says an inquiry into the causes of the ethnic tension is needed, as well as finding out what really happened to 10 Malaitan men who went missing on Guadalcanal's Weathercoast.

Mr Kwalea says Malaitans still want answers.

"I was saying that Malaitans want and desire some clear answers about a lot things that happen within the country during that as well as the aftermath of the ethnic tension."

Hudson Kwalea also says the government also needs to look into the development needs of Malaita.