30 Apr 2013

FSII awaiting Solomons government reaction to TRC report leak

1:16 pm on 30 April 2013

The chief executive of Forum Solomon Islands International says the group is waiting to see how the government will respond to the leaking of a report into ethnic tensions that prompted international military intervention a decade ago.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report - the product of extensive consultations with those on all sides of the bloody conflict - was presented to the prime minister well over a year ago and widely expected to be made public within a few months.

Dr Terry Brown, a former bishop of the Church of Melanesia and the report's final editor, says he feared the document would fade into obscurity and so has released digital copies of it.

But the forum's Benjamin Afuga says it should have gone to parliament first.

"Now the world has seen the report, a report that was meant for parliament to deliberate on before the public can see it and now it has gone spiral. I think it is a letdown because some MPs did not even see the report but now the report has been spread right around the world. It'll be interesting to hear what the government has to say about that."

Benjamin Afuga says the forum has concerns about what might happen now people have access to the report.