26 Aug 2009

Solomons land probe opens

5:02 pm on 26 August 2009

A Commission of Inquiry has begun in Solomon Islands into Land Dealings and Abandoned Properties on Guadalcanal.

The Commission has been formed to probe how customary lands on Guadalcanal Province were acquired brfore the ethnic conflict of 1998 and 2000 and to identify the owners of abandoned properties.

The Commission's Chairman is Brian Brunton of Papua New Guinea, who also chaired the Inquiry into the Honiara April 2006 Riots.

The other two commissioners are Manoa Rabuka of Fiji and Stephen Tagi of Vanuatu.

The three men are in Honiara and the inquiry will be conducted at the former Solomon Mutual insurance Building over the next 12 months.