2 Jul 2003

Solomons submission calls for restraints on intervention force

10:59 am on 2 July 2003

There are calls for major constraints be placed on what the intervention team can do in Solomon Islands.

An unsigned six-page submission to the government says the intervention must work for the well-being of Solomon Islanders and not cause further division.

It says to this end the force must delay its arrival for up to four months to allow a full amnesty for ex-militants.

It also says it would be disastrous to take action against any police officer and they should all receive impunity and guaranteed tenure.

The submission says without these elements chaos will ensue.

Who compiled the submission is not yet known.

There have been earlier calls for amnesty while the former Malaitan militants have voiced reservations.

And at the weekend, the prime minister Sir Allen Kemakeza, said the force would not be considering past crimes.