Friday, 16 May 2008 4:46 PM

Truth & Recociliation Commission Appointment

Thank you to the PM for agreeing to set up two new Commissions. I have a bone to pick, however, with the proposed appointment of Commissioners to the Truth & Reconcilation Commission.

While I have no qualms with the proposed appointment of the Chair to to the Truth & reconciliation Commission, would it be nice to appoint some one with experience and stature as Bishop Desmond Tutu (if he's available). I am sure the aura of the man & his vast experience with the reconcialation iprocess in South Africa in would only benefit the Commission and the peoplle of Solomon Islands. The same goes to apointment of the other Comissioners. South Africa would be one of the ideal places to select from since they have already gone through the process of reconcilation. Why should a Commissioner be selected from Fiji or Vanuatu. I do not think they have the people who are experienced in this area on the ground.

In Fiji's case, since no meaningful reconciliation has taken place after the aftermath of the 1987 and 2000 coups, it would be futile exercise appointing some one from Fiji. Mr PM, let's make this exercise that is worthwhile for our country and lets start by appointing the right persons to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

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