17 Dec 2008

Solomon Islands govt announces Inquiry into land dealings on Guadalcanal

9:08 am on 17 December 2008

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has informed Parliament of the progress to establish a Commission of Inquiry into land dealings on Guadalcanal during and after the ethnic crisis.

Speaking in Parliament, Dr Derek Sikua said regional neigbouring countries have been asked to assist.

Dr Sikua said official letters have been sent to Fiji and Vanuatu asking to the governments of those countries to provide Commissioners to serve on the inquiry team.

He also detailed what stage the Commission of Inquiry is now at.

"Mr Speaker, the formalities relating to the terms of reference for the commission of inquiry have already been completed and the Attorney General chambers are in the process of finalising the legal instruments for the establishment of the commission."

Prime Minister Sikua also informed the house that the work of the Commission will begin early next year.

He also revealed that former PNG judge will be heading the inquiry, Brian Brunton, who also headed the Commission of Inquiry into the April 2007 riots.