22 Dec 2008

Relief over Commission of Inquiry on Guadalcanal land

11:28 am on 22 December 2008

There is relief from people in the Guaadacanal Province of Solomon Islands, that the Government has finally set up an Inquiry into land dealings during and after the ethnic crisis.

The Prime Minister, Derek Sikua has told parliament that formalities relating to the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry have been completed.

Our correspondent is Honiara, Dorothy Wickham, says the inquiry has been some time coming.

She says land dealings on Guadalcanal was one of the reasons for the ethnic crisis, so the Government will need to be careful about how it carries the inquiry this out.

"I think what people really want now from this is to clarify legal ownership of land and also who owns what and to sort out exactly what happened and who now is deciding on some of their pieces of land that Guadalcanal people have taken back. Also to find out what will Government do now."

The inquiry is expected to begin in early 2009.