1 May 2013

Solomons prime minister critical of former bishop for leaking report

3:28 pm on 1 May 2013

The Solomon Islands prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says the former Anglican bishop who has released the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report on the ethnic tensions has acted unlawfully.

The report, the product of extensive consultations with those on all sides of a bloody conflict that was subdued by international military intervention, was presented to the prime minister well over a year ago.

There was no deadline for making it public but that was widely expected to happen within a few months and after more than a year of waiting, Dr Terry Brown, the report's final editor, has released digital copies of it.

The Solomon Star newspaper reports Mr Lilo, who is attending an economic summit in Bangkok, saying Dr Brown has broken all the confidentialities accorded to him by responsible authorities, including government.

Mr Lilo says he had already made a commitment to be more strategic and responsible when informing parliament on the TRC report in its next sitting.

He says the government has taken the initiatives to assess the risk impacts and the costs that are associated with the recommendations of the report and that is how it wants to manage making the document public.

Mr Lilo says he has directed his officials to look at the options to be taken over the release of the report.