Monday, 3 December 2007 5:29 PM

New Government to Enhance Solomons Security, Law and Order: Huni'ehu

A change of government will see to the enhancement of security, law and order in Solomon Islands.

This is according to Opposition spokesman of the 'Coalition for National Unity and Rural Advancement (CNURA)', Edward Huniehu, in a press conference today.

Mr. Huni'ehu pledged that a new government in place will see to it that the country has got strong and proper law and order mechanism.

On operational matters, Mr. Huni'ehu said that the police should not be taking orders from political leaders.

"We want to build our police force to be one of the best in the region," he told the press conference.

Speaking of the new government, Mr. Huni'ehu said that the Coalition will say NO to guns and, on the other hand, they will compensate licensed firearm owners for firearms surrendered during appropriate declared gun amnesty periods.

"The Coalition government is committed to making Solomon Islands a 'Gun-Free' nation and we will continue to pursue the collection of guns that are still in our communities," said Mr. Huni'ehu.

Bringing peace back into the country is also a priority for the Coalition government and "peace can only be restored back through national reconciliation".

He said that a Coalition government recognizes the importance of reconciliation at all levels of the society.

"We will prioritize reconciliation and continue the search for lasting peace and unity in our country," Mr. Huni'ehu added.

He also said that the Coalition government will support the reconciliation initiatives within the provinces, particularly between Guadalcanal and Malaita.

"The Coalition government will put priority into resolving the Guadalcanal Province Bona-Fide demands, and we will work towards a national reconciliation in mid-2008," Mr. Huni'ehu told journalists at the press conference.

He said that in the attempts of the Coalition government to fulfill the Bona Fide demands, they will ensure that the responsible government ministries and departments assist in implementing government's policy towards addressing the matter.