Thursday, 12 June 2008 7:53 AM

Government to Establish Land and Lost Property Inquiry

One of the Government's key plans, aimed at addressing the root causes of the ethnic tension, is a step closer to being finalized following Fiji and Vanuatu's commitment to support the Solomon Islands Government initiative.

The initiative involves a plan by the CNURA Government to set up a commission of inquiry into land dealings and lost property on Guadalcanal as a result of the ethnic tension.

A Government press statement says that Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua has got the support of Fiji and Vanuatu, both agreeing to provide two commissioners for the commission.

The Government report says that Dr. Sikua secured the support of the two Melanesian neighbours during bilateral talks he had with his Vanuatu and Fiji counterparts at the recent MSG meeting in Vila.

Before Prime Minister Sikua left for the Vila MSG meeting he appointed the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the 2006 Chinatown riot, Brian Brunton to be the Chairman of the commission of inquiry into land dealings and lost property on Guadalcanal during the tension.

Meanwhile no date has been set for the reconciliation ceremony between Guadalcanal and Malaita. The proposed reconciliation has been postponed three times since last year.

The latest postponement came after the change of leadership in the Guadalcanal Provincial Government.

The planned reconciliation would also be attended by the Premiers of all other provinces.