14 May 2013

Top-down reconciliation labelled no good for Solomons

9:38 pm on 14 May 2013

The president of a Solomon Islands group representing the interests of people from Malaita province says to be successful reconciliation over the ethnic tensions must bring victims and offenders together.

The coment follows the leaking of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report into the deadly conflict, which ended with regional military intervention in 2003.

The prime minister has withheld the report from parliament since receiving it early last year and recently the Guadalcanal premier called for high level reconciliations to precede any publication.

But the Malaita Ma'asina Forum's Charles Dausabea says he has been observing the reconciliations that have taken place and they don't involve victims and offenders.

"When you have a - say you have a premier from Malaita province reconciling with the premier from Guadalcanal province, these two have never entered into any dispute so in my view they should be facilitating for the real victims and the real offenders to come together."

Charles Dausabea says there is nothing stopping the prime minister from placing the report before the clerk of parliament before the next sitting in July.