Friday, 20 June 2008 7:43 AM

National Reaffirmation Ceremony Planned for 2nd July

The Sikua-led government is calling on Solomon Islanders to support the upcoming reaffirmation ceremony saying that it will begin a process of repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation and national healing.

Speaking on behalf of the Government, Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, Sam Iduri confirmed on the National Broadcaster, SIBC, that the ceremony will be held on the 2nd of July 2008.

Iduri says that the ceremony will coincide with the 30th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
"Solomon Islands is a Christian country and the program embraces the principle that Christ is the source of reconciliation and the worthy traditional practices in reconciliation," Iduri said.

The Minister says that the program will feature the re-assembling a wooden cross as the symbol of rebuilding national unity.

Mr Iduri says there will be gathering of gifts at the foot of the cross by representatives from different groups.

They include the Government, churches, Provincial Governments, chiefs, former militants, women, youth and others to show the diversities as a people, but one nation.

Mr Iduri stresses that the ceremony is not a national reconciliation.

He says the Government recognizes that there are still some issues to be resolved before a meaningful reconciliation can be held.

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