23 Aug 2004

Concern in Solomon Islands that trespass onto customary land could provoke tensions

7:15 am on 23 August 2004

The Guadalcanal provincial government in Solomon Islands is concerned that continued trespassing on customary lands could provoke further violence.

The former Premier, Ezekiel Alebua, is the latest to voice his concern, following an increase in unauthorised entry onto customary land and shorelines.

Mr Alebua told the Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation that the problem started soon after the signing of the Townsville Peace Agreement and is growing every day.

He says people living in the capital, Honiara -- which is situated in Guadalcanal --do not respect other people's rights and properties.

Mr Alebua says that if the situation is not addressed now, it will again aggravate the anger among the people of the province.