Monday, 30 June 2008 7:42 AM

Reaffirmation Ceremony July Second

Honiara will feature what might be the largest ever reaffirmation and forgiveness ceremony to be staged in the capital between former rivalries from Malaita and Guadalcanal provinces.

SIBC news reports that the ceremony will take place at Lawson Tama Stadium starting
7am on Wednesday July 2nd.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua and the Acting Governor General, and Speaker of Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea are expected to participate in the full day's event .

Other official dignitaries will include, the Chief Justice, Sir Albert Palmer,Ministers of the Crown, Provincial Premiers of Malaita and Guadalcanal, Lord Mayor of Honiara City, Leader of Opposition, members of the diplomatic corps, church leaders,chiefs and community leaders.

SIBC quotes the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace as stating that the reaffirmation ceremony is part of a continuous process of repentance, forgiveness,reconciliation and national healing for Solomon islands.

It reports that the ceremony will feature worship in prayer and singing, shaking of hands and exchange of traditional gifts among different tribal groups.

The Royal Police Band is expected to lead the singing and the parade of different groups during the ceremony.

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