I am retired Brigadier Roger Mortlock of New Zealand. It was my privilege to design and lead the Truce Monitoring Group into Bougainville as its first commander.

I note your article on the pending visit of Bishop Tutu to the Solomons and will be thinking of you and of the people of Bougainville. The Bishop is a truly holy man and I trust his blessings will give strength and guidance.

Reconciliation is so important and is the ultimate judgement that we can place upon ourselves in the eternal struggle, through conflict, for decency and wisdom.

I wish I could be there with you and I trust, also, that the Bishop's mantle will spread over you all - Solomon and Bougainville islanders, alike.

Kia kaha - be strong.


Roger Mortlock