Wednesday, 30 April 2008 9:20 AM

Prime Minister Sikua Receives Report on April 2006 Riot

Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua has taken delivery of the report by the Commission of Inquiry into the April 2006 Riot.

The Commission's Chairman, Brian Brunton handed the report to Dr Sikua in a ceremony held in the Cabinet Conference Room in the Prime Minister's Office yesterday.

Prime Minister Sikua voiced preference in receiving the report publicly to demonstrate and manifest his Government's belief in the principles of transparency, accountability, responsibility and good governance.

Dr. Sikua said he will study the report before he takes it to Cabinet for further discussions and decisions.

He added that the Cabinet will decide on the policy approaches and mechanisms needed to respond to the findings and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.

Dr. Sikua said the report is very vital to the Government as policy makers need to be fully informed on the underlying causes of April 2006 Riot, adding informed policy makers will then develop appropriate policies, strategies and mechanisms.

He said the report will help the Government to better understand the situation surrounding the April 2006 Riot and to take the necessary steps to prevent such disturbances from happening or at least minimise their impacts if they do re-occur in the future.

Prime Minister Sikua did not go into the details of the report as it is the responsibility of the Cabinet to deliberate and decide on it as a way forward.

He commended the Commissioners for their hard work, time and effort, adding with a special thank you to the expatriate commissioners who had to leave their country to help with the worthy cause and for having done a job well done.

Dr. Sikua also acknowledged financial assistance rendered by the Papua New Guinea Government and people through their Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare and the PNG High Commissioner in Honiara, Parai Tamei toward the work of the Commission of Inquiry.

The Leader of Opposition, Manasseh Sogavare was also commended for his role and determination in setting up the Commission when he was Prime Minister.

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