29 Apr 2013

Solomons TRC report editor releases document

1:10 pm on 29 April 2013

The final editor of a Solomon Islands report on ethnic tensions that prompted international military intervention is releasing digital copies of the document and in the process of having it posted on a website.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report is the product of extensive consultations with those on all sides of the conflict and contains recommendations on how Solomon Islands can heal from the trauma of what happened between the late 1990s and 2003.

The report was presented to the prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo well over a year ago and widely expected to be made public within a few months.

Dr Terry Brown, a former bishop of the Church of Melanesia, says when Mr Lilo announced recently that the document would not be out until later this year, he ran out of patience.

"I really wish that the prime minister had released the document. I mean, it's just an excellent impartial attempt to address what happened on Guadalcanal and Malaita and the west, it was even-handed, there was absolutely no reason why the prime minister shouldn't simply have handed it on to parliament and it been the basis of public discussion."

Dr Terry Brown says the great suspicion is that it was too dangerous politically for the prime minister to release the report.