22 Dec 2008

Solomons land dealings inquiry announced

9:39 pm on 22 December 2008

The Solomon Islands government has finally set up a commission of inquiry into land dealings in Guadalcanal province during and after last year's ethnic crisis.

Radio New Zealand's correspondent in Honiara says the inquiry has been some time coming, but families who lost land will be relieved something is being done.

Prominent Guadalcanal leader Walter Naezon, a former government minister, says the government had first to deal with law and order and now is the right time to start looking at what happened and who owns what.

A former Papua-New Guinea judge, Brian Brunton, who headed the commission of inquiry into the April 2007 riots, will head this one, too. Fiji and Vanuatu have been asked to provide commissioners for the inquiry, which is expected to start early next year.