Wednesday, 8 April 2009 1:24 PM

Archbishop Tutu to Hold Reconciliation Conference Here

The Winds of Change Office are organizing a conference on peace and reconciliation, with the special guest being the World-renowned peace activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is invited to the country by the government of Solomon Islands to officially launch the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Speaking to Solomon Times, the Winds of Change conference organizer, Mr. Genesis Kofana, said such a conference would be very significant particularly while Bishop Tutu is in the country. "He is known worldwide as a man of great experience in the issue of reconciliation," Mr Kofana said.

Mr. Kofana told Solomon Times that the Winds of Change conference aims to bring ex-militants from Malaita and Guadalcanal to be part of the conference. "There will also be international speakers from Africa, Australia, India, Bougainville and other countries, so we are urging the general public to attend and be part of the conference," he added.

"By listening to their experiences, we will know better and it is a way forward for our ex-militants...to talk about their experiences."

Meanwhile, Mr. Kofana stated that the conference will be held from 29 April to 1 May 2009 at the FFA conference room.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. Desmond Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. In 1984, Tutu became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Letters to the Editor All Letters
By GEOFFREY MAURIASI USP, Lacuala Campus, Fiji
By CHARLES KOULI Gizo, Western Province
By JAQUE FRIEDMAN New Zealand