21 Aug 2007

Solomons leader thanks those who've agreed to sit on constitutional congress

7:49 pm on 21 August 2007

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has thanked those who have accepted their appointments to the constitutional congress and the elders' advisory group.

Mr Sogavare says he believes Solomon Islanders have a fair understanding that constitutional reform is necessary however the political system has failed to implement the changes that people want.

He says the ethnic tension was an expensive and painful lesson for Solomon Islands.

However he said the signing of the Townsville Peace Agreement in 2000 was the creation of a new dawn for Solomon Islands whereby an agenda was put in place to restore peace by acknowledging the urgent need to reform the constitution.

The government has allocated funds for the project and will ensure that the 2008 appropriation is sufficient to ensure this important reform is completed.